A new boutique charity shop has been opened by veteran journalist Kate Adie.

The former Chief News Correspondent for BBC News, who lives in the county, was on hand to open the new store on South Street, Sherborne run by the charity Dogs Trust.

Offering a wide range of pre-loved goods including ladies clothing and accessories, menswear and essential dog products, savvy shoppers and their canine counterparts can browse the bargains in store together.

All purchases help to raise vital funds for the charity as well as promoting awareness of the rescue pooches in Dogs Trust care.

Dorset Echo: Kate Adie with Cookie the dog at the new Dogs Trust storeKate Adie with Cookie the dog at the new Dogs Trust store (Image: Dogs Trust)

Carole Carlton Smith, head of retail at Dogs Trust said: “We are very excited to have opened a shop here in Sherborne as it’s such a beautiful town with a busy high street, bustling markets and a lovely local community of dog lovers.

“We would be so grateful for any donations of clothing, accessories or bric-a-brac. We are also looking for volunteers to join our lovely little team.”

Sustainable fashion is a priority within every Dogs Trust charity shop as each shop plays a part in reducing the amount of clothing going to landfill.

The shops also support other recycling schemes including textiles and ink cartridges. Within the new store, previously used shop furniture including the till point, gondolas, shelves and jewellery cabinet have been reused and LED lighting has been installed where possible.

The new shop is the first to open since the Covid pandemic and is the second Dogs Trust charity shop in Dorset, the other being in Poole which opened in 2019. The charity now has 34 charity shops in England and Wales which have raised just under £3 million so far this year.

The new shop will be open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm, and is looking for donations of pre-loved items of clothing, accessories and bric-a-brac to be dropped off any time during opening hours.

 Anyone interested in volunteering in the shop should pop in for an application form.