Wendy’s new charity shop

Gary Hobson, Becky Measures, Stacye Wilkin, warehouse manager, Dawn Anderson, volunteer and helpline user, and Victoria Hobson, area manager and shop chain coordinator.

Gary Hobson, Becky Measures, Stacye Wilkin, warehouse manager, Dawn Anderson, volunteer and helpline user, and Victoria Hobson, area manager and shop chain coordinator.

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An inspirational breast cancer campaigner has opened a new charity shop in her continued mission to fight the disease.

Wendy Watson has launched the Chesterfield store to boost funds for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline and raise awareness about the illness.

The West Bars shop boasts a selection of new and donated goods as well as a special kitchen where customers can enjoy a homemade cake and a cup of tea.

Wendy, of Over Haddon, near Bakewell, said: “Lots of people have been coming into the store to find out more information about hereditary breast cancer and pick up leaflets.

“It’s really helping raise awareness which is what I set out to do.”

At the age of 38, Wendy became Britain’s first woman to have both breasts removed in a desperate bid to avoid the cancer which has stalked her family.

She founded the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline following her experiences in 1996 and to date the charity has helped thousands of women.

It has been a busy yet successful year for Wendy who has opened charity shops in a number other locations including Clay Cross and Matlock Bath.

She said: “The stores are proving to be really popular – we’re getting lots of positive feedback.”

If you would like to help volunteer at one of the shops, call the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline on 01629 813000.

You can donate items at the Chesterfield store’s warehouse at 67-69 Storforth Lane Trading Estate, Hasland.