Published: 17:20, 21 April 2022
| Updated: 19:03, 21 April 2022
Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker added a bit of sparkle to the opening of a charity shop.
The star, also Demelza's vice-president, helped open the store in Sevenoaks High Street ahead of Easter.
Mrs Baker brought along a bag of donations - including some golf trousers donated by husband Steve - to the launch last Wednesday.
The 68-year-old Eurovision winner from 1981 chatted to staff and customers, making a few purchases of her own.
“It’s an honour and a privilege for me to support Demelza and I’m delighted to open the shop,” said Mrs Baker who is from Tunbridge Wells.
“When I first moved to Kent, I lived near Sevenoaks and I think the shop will do very well here.”
Demelza’s director of retail, Ashley Henson, added: “Opening a new shop is a huge effort and I’d like to thank everyone who has got us this far.
“This shop is really special - the fantastic location is pivotal to raising awareness of the services we offer to children with serious and terminal conditions in the local area. We’re currently reaching 1 in 10 of the children that we could help so are looking forward to extending our reach across west Kent.
“The Sevenoaks shop will help generate vital funding for Demelza, supported by the local shoppers.
“We really are passionate about charity retail and offering exciting fashion and homewares, while supporting the environment and greener retail.”
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with serious or terminal conditions for free.
Its new shop stocks clothes, shoes, media, toys and household items, as well as gifts, ornaments, accessories, seasonal products and bags. It has a book corner as well.
The new store is Demelza’s 28th charity shop.