The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) will open the doors to its new, flagship superstore and Café in Doncaster next month and people are invited to attend to experience a unique way of shopping while supporting the lifesaving charity.
Ambitious plans to transform a former kitchen showroom into a superstore, which will raise vital funds for the service, were unveiled in July and now doors to the Thorne Road Retail Park unit on Ogden Road will open at 10.30am on Tuesday 22 October.
TCAA New Shops Development Manager Kerry Martin said: “We’re currently in the middle of a 12-week shop fit but we can clearly see our vision for this unique superstore taking shape and we’re excited about welcoming our first customers next month.
“Customers will love the thrill of not knowing what they will find when they walk through our doors and we want to make that experience last longer by offering a wider choice, a fantastic and friendly environment, and by launching our own branded cafe.”
The charity, which works alongside 10 NHS teams to provide high speed, specialist clinical transfers for critically babies and children, helps families across the UK by flying young patients on one of two helicopters based at Doncaster Sheffield and London Oxford airports.
The unit has undergone a significant transformation in turning the 9,000 sq ft space into The Hanger superstore selling both new and pre-loved homeware, furniture, clothing, electricals, living and brand new white goods.
Plans also feature a café known as the Landing Pad where customers and families can take a break from browsing or a well-earned rest after securing a bargain.
And South Yorkshire celebrity Paul Elliott, who is an ambassador for the charity, is scheduled to officially open the store.
“The success of the store is vital as TCAA receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from the public,” explained Paul.
“I’m sure the people of Doncaster and South Yorkshire will get behind this lifesaving charity by supporting this wonderful new superstore and I look forward to meeting people next month.”