VOLUNTEERS have opened a pop-up shop to raise money for refugees fleeing war-torn countries.

Items on sale at the Pop-up Shop to Support Refugee Crisis include clothes, crafts and bric-a-brac which have all been donated by residents.

Landlord of the shop and part-time author Tony Rodgers has also supported volunteers by donating 30 copies of his debut children's book, Molly's Cat.

The shop is also being used as a drop-off point for further donations for refugees.

Shoppers poured into the shop on its opening night on Stroud Goodwill Evening, with sales raising around £500.

The shop is open in Middle Street, in the former Backhouses newsagents, from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday, until Christmas.

Jessamine Valentine, who is helping to run the shop with Jed Vaughan and Clare Cooke, said: "We will be hand picking a small number of charitable ways to support the refugees.

"One thing for certain is that after very minor costs, all the money will directly benefit refugees.

"If you'd like to support us, please visit the shop to buy something or to donate money, we will also be accepting good quality, nice clothes, bric-a-brac, children's items and any unusual or old retro items."