TWO new charity shops have been opened at Salisbury District Hospital. The Stars Appeal bookshop will sell donated books, DVDs and jigsaws while the new League of Friends shop will sell handmade confectionery and ice cream, and will become an outlet for products made by patients working in the Wessex Rehabilitation Centre.

The shops were built as part of the redevelopment of the hospital’s main entrance and are open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Both shops are staffed by volunteers, with all proceeds going to support additional patient care.

George Todd, chairman of the League of Friends, said: “It seems so appropriate that the two hospital fundraising charities should be side by side in the main reception.

“The League of Friends and the Stars Appeal are most grateful to Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust for funding the redevelopment which enabled this project to go ahead.”

The shops are set to raise thousands of pounds and were formally opened by local singing celebrity Rosemary Squires on Thursday.

The League of Friends is looking for more volunteers to work in the shop. For more information call 01722 336262 extension 4543.