A charity has announced six of its 11 shops will reopen next week but it will be for donations only.

Peace Hospice Care says its branches in The Parade in Watford, Bushey, Garston, Borehamwood, St Albans, and Radlett, will open from June 17.

The charity, which has missed out on vital financial support because of the pandemic, says it is initially reopening for donations only but plan to fully reopen by the end of the month to all customers.

Staff are preparing the shops for reopening including social distancing and cleaning measures to keep both staff and customers safe.

The opening hours from June 17 will be 10am to 4pm.

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Six shops will begin to reopen, including this one in Borehamwood

Sarah Goad, director of income generation at Peace Hospice Care, said: "I am very excited that we are opening a number of our shops for accepting donations and able to welcome back our supporters.

"The health and wellbeing of our customers, community and staff is our top priority and we are following Government advice as we put in place measures to ensure that our shops are safe.

"We need the support of the local community more than ever, so I’d encourage everyone to bring their good quality unwanted items to one of the shops we are opening on June 17."

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The shop in Radlett will welcome donations from next week

Peace Hospice Care provides free specialist support for people and their families facing a life-limiting illness across South West Hertfordshire and the wider area.

Each year, the charity needs to raise over £5 million in order to deliver its free services.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the charity to shut its shops and postpone fundraising events.

The charity says it looks set to lose £240,000 in June, making the need for donations even more urgent.