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Children’s clothing shop bids farewell

A long-established Shrewsbury shop has closed its doors, donating its final stock to a county charity.

Children’s clothing specialist Pied Piper, which has been a fixture in Milk Street for four decades, made the presentation to Hope House Children’s Hospices.

Caroline Francis and her sister Helen made the decision to retire from the shop after being at the helm for 20 years.

“We have enjoyed a fabulous 20 years at Pied Piper and loved providing beautiful clothes to children from throughout Shropshire and beyond.

“However, we are both very busy with other ventures so came to the decision to move on after completing two decades here. There has been an overwhelming response from our lovely customers since we announced our intention to close. 

“We have always supported Hope House Children's Hospices during our time here and made the decision to donate our remaining stock to sell in their shops some time ago. We only wish there was more left to hand over!"

Vanessa Thomas, fund raising manager at Hope House, thanked Caroline and Helen for their generosity.

"They have been amazing supporters of Hope House since we launched 21 years ago, both personally and via their shop.

“Seeing Pied Piper close is the end of an era in Shrewsbury, but we wish them well for their future plans and cannot thank them enough for donating the last of their stock to Hope House.

“We will be able to sell it through our shops throughout the county which will raise vital funds to help us continue to provide essential care and support to terminally ill and life-limited local children and their families."

The former Pied Piper premises in Milk Street is now up for rent as a shop.

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