A NEW charity shop officially opened its doors in Bradford city centre yesterday.

The ribbon was cut at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) premises, in Kirkgate, by two long-time volunteers.

Pat Cross (18 years) and Marlene Coleman (14 years) did the honours, alongside a number of other volunteers and staff.

Customers were welcomed inside to bag a bargain, with a huge range of second-hand items on offer at the new store.

This includes clothing, shoes, bags, toys, belts, books, music and films.

Mechelle Hopkins, Area Manager at the BHF said: "The opening of the new Bradford shop went extremely well.

"Each item sold in the store will help the BHF fund life-saving heart research, so if you have not yet visited then please do come by to see what great bargains are on offer.

"We still urgently need more donations so, if you are having a clear out in the next few weeks, we would love to receive any unwanted clothing and accessories.

"Donating couldn't be easier with our free collections service and it's a great way to cut down on waste."

Donations can also be made by popping into the new store.

To do so, you can order a free donation bag online, fill it, and then head in with your items.

Anyone with larger items can also book a free furniture or electrical item collection, while hotels can request a hotel furniture clearance.

This all can be done on the BHF website.

As well as physical donations, the new store is on the lookout for those who can give the gift of time.

Ms Hopkins said: "We are always in need of volunteers who can spare a couple of hours a week, so please get in touch if you are interested."

For more information and to get more details on donating, you should visit: bhf.org.uk/