A NEW British Heart Foundation store has opened with much fanfare in Wantage.

The town's Deputy Mayor, Patrick O'Leary, was joined by staff, volunteers, the local community and even the local brass band on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the furniture and home store.

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The Kings Retail Park shop will help the charity fund research into heart and circulatory disease.

The Deputy Mayor cut the ribbon at the store, which stocks a huge range of second-hand items such as beds, wardrobes, tables, TV’s, sofas and homeware accessories.

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Mr O’Leary said: “It was an absolute pleasure to officially open this store and meet the great staff. I would encourage locals to support the BHF by donating their good quality unwanted items to help this fantastic charity.”

Ron Humphreys, Area Manager at the BHF commented: “The opening of the new Wantage store went extremely well. Each item sold will help the BHF fund life-saving heart research, so please do come by to see what great bargains are on offer.

The store is still looking for donations and offer a free collection service, while it is also in need of volunteers 'who can spare a couple of hours a week.'