A POPULAR charity shop which was forced to close at short notice is celebrating after opening a new location in the heart of the city.

The Holdings' charity shop has now moved into the former Vodafone store on The Shambles after being formerly based at the old Patisserie Valerie store on Broad Street.

The Broad Street location closed its doors in April at short notice, and customers flocked to the store for last-minute bargains.

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RSPCA Worcester and Mid Worcestershire now need volunteers for their new location.

Volunteer Lucy Sidaway said any new volunteers will need to be able to use a spiral staircase at the back of the shop.

She said: "We are short on volunteers here. Due to a spiral staircase at the back of the shop leading to our stock room, a lot of our former volunteers were sadly unable to continue.

"However, we are actively looking for new volunteers who are able to travel up and down the staircase. 

"It could be two hours, four hours, basically whatever time they are able to give.

"If anyone is at all interested you can either pop into the shop and chat to us or get a hold of us through the Facebook page."

The shop sells a wide variety of second-hand goods at low prices, with clothing items in the charity shop starting at 50p.

Since the move to the Shambles, staff at the shop said that things have been going really well at the new location.

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Lucy Sidaway said: "We first moved in five weeks ago and it has been brilliant. It is a lovely shop and a lot of the old customers have come back in which is great to see.

"A few customers may still not know that we have reopened so we want new customers to know where we are now based.

"But the relocation has been good so far and we are enjoying being on The Shambles."

The charity's main aim is to re-home animals within the area they cover - with the shops raising funds to support this mission.