A CHARITY shop raising money for refugees in Stroud has moved to a new home.

The new pop-up store – run entirely by volunteers from Refugee Aid Stroud – has opened its doors in the High Street under the new name Rasmachaz.

The interior of the former British Heart Foundation shop has been transformed into a thrift store, selling high quality vintage clothes as well as books, toys and games.

The pop-up venture had previously been set up in Middle Street.

Now at home in more central location, the charity is continuing with its work raising funds to support refugees fleeing war and terror.

Money raised is being sent directly to a number of different causes in countries across Europe and the Middle East.

Stroud News and Journal:

Lis Parker, who is one of the 10 volunteers, said: “We’ve really pleased with how successful the pop-up shop has been so far.

“On our first day in the new shop we made £800. This is going towards continuing our work helping refugees in Greece, France and Syria.

“My brother is currently out in Idomeni on the Greek and Macedonian border. Along with a group of other he is setting up a kitchen there.

“They are feeding between 3000 and 4000 people each day. The money we are raising is going directly to helping projects right on the front line like this.”

A further £1000 has been sent to Dunkirk, £1,500 to two different organisations in Calais and an additional £500 to charities working in the Greek islands, the main entrance point for refugees fleeing Turkey.

Plans are also in the works to send a shipping container filled with tents, food, clothes and supplies to Syria.

The charity is looking for more volunteers to join their team to keep the shop running smoothly.

It is open from 10am till 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

The shop at 47 Stroud High Street is also a drop off point for clothes being sent over to refugee camps.

For a full list of required donations, and for further information, please visit their website: refugeeaid-stroud.org/