ROSSENDALE Hospice is opening a new charity shop in Bacup town centre today.

The store in St James Square is the third shop the palliative care centre has opened in the Valley and will be run by manager Caren Cookson.

Irene Smith, CEO of Rossendale Hospice, said: “The other two shops in Rawtenstall and Haslingden have been very successful and we have every hope that Bacup will also be a big success.”

Bosses are now looking for volunteers to work in the shop, and unwanted items to sell in order to raise finance for the hospice in Bacup Road, Rawtenstall.

The independently-run hospice was founded in 1988 and needs to raise £750,000 each year to cover its running costs.

It provides free, holistic, palliative care for people diagnosed with cancer and other degenerative diseases.

As well as the charity shops, the centre organises corporate fundraising events and receives donations from local individuals, companies, and money raised by people in the community doing sponsored activities.

A team participate each year in the Great North Run. This September, the hospice has 15 places available for the run in Newcastle, which can be registered for by calling 01706 253633 and selecting option 3.