Olympic champ Denise Lewis in Aylesbury to open shop

Opening of the new Helen and Douglas House Hospice furniture warehouse in Aylesbury by Denise Lewis - pictured with Aylesbury's deputy mayor Tuffail Hussain
Opening of the new Helen and Douglas House Hospice furniture warehouse in Aylesbury by Denise Lewis - pictured with Aylesbury's deputy mayor Tuffail Hussain

A new shop and warehouse for charity Helen and Douglas House was opened in Aylesbury by British Olympic golden girl Denise Lewis.

The warehouse, which is on Broadfields retail park, welcomed lots of visitors for the opening where they also got to meet Lewis, who won gold in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Helen and Douglas House provide palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults.

The charity enlisted the popular 41-year-old former athlete turned BBC TV pundit to cut the ribbon and officially open the shop.

Visitors on Saturday included deputy mayor of Aylesbury, Tuffail Hussain.

The town’s Hobbycraft store provided a face painting workshop and visitors were also told a story in sign language. Spokesman for Helen and Douglas House, Lin Beekar, said: “It was a brilliant day, the weather stayed nice and we had a lot of visitors.

“Denise Lewis was lovely and signed a lot of autographs as well as taking part in the events.”