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Rebirth for children’s charity shop

Formerly occupied by Good Green Fun, Stirling’s children’s charity shop has reopened as Babes in the Wood. Located in Unit 32 of STEP’s Stirling Enterprise Park, the community shop sells preloved children’s clothing, toys & equipment at low cost to the general public.

New owners Heather Royan and Linda Barrack are delighted with the positive feedback they’ve received since opening. “Everyone’s been so supportive. It’s been great so far!” said Linda.

Babes in the Wood was founded four years ago in Bishopbriggs by Heather Royan, who noticed a gap in the market for more affordable childrenswear. Earlier this year Linda and Heather were looking at ways to expand, and then saw the news about Good Green Fun closing its doors.

Heather said: “There is a stigma around charity shops and we want to remove that stigma. Our ethos is that even if it’s second-hand it is quality. We check all the clothes and toys we receive, and only the best quality items are offered for sale in the ship. All other items are used to create packs for families in need in the community.”

The business partners are also planning to register the shop with the Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative, so that Mums will be able to go use the space to feed their babies. One area of the shop will be used as a community room, bringing people together with child-friendly classes. Linda and Heather are also working with Stirling Council and the local social work team.

If you have any toys, clothing, and equipment for children from birth to 16 years, then why not donate to Babes in The Wood? “Remember it doesn’t have to be new to be awesome!” Find out more here.

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