Wellington's MP Rebecca Pow cut the ribbon on a new town centre shop.

The Ferne Animal Sanctuary on Fore Street celebrated its official opening on Friday, November 3.

The shop now occupies the formerly vacant space left by the Children's Hospice which relocated to the High Street.

Wellington's Ferne Animal Sanctuary marks the seventh of the charity's stores to open across Somerset and Devon - with plans to open a further 13 more by 2027.

Kevin Hodges, Chief Executive Officer at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary said: "Our newest charity shop in the heart of Wellington marks a significant step forward for us and our commitment to providing shelter, care, and support for animals in need. 

“By offering a selection of high-quality items generously donated by the community, the store not only provides an opportunity for customers to sustainably shop and find one-of-a-kind items, but also helps fund life-changing chances for rescue animals. Each purchase made will support the sanctuary's vital operations, from animal rescue and adoption services to rehabilitation and extensive medical care needed by long-term residents.”

Karen, Store Manager for the new Wellington shop, told of her excitement about the new shop. She said: “We’re very excited to be opening up this new store. It’s in a great location and we’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers local to Wellington and from further afield. The shop has been fitted to a very high standard and we know customers will love our diverse range of items including clothing, accessories, household goods, books, and more, all of which will directly help animals in need.” 

All profits from the store will go to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary, which is a Chard-based charity which has provided refuge and rehabilitation to animals for more than 80 years.