THE British Red Cross shop in Ringwood marked its 20th birthday – at the same time as several other milestones.

As well as marking the store’s anniversary, there were also celebrations as manager Jenny Melbourne and volunteers Joan Browne, Di Mavor, Pauline Dickenson and Lena Layton have been there from the beginning – making 120 years in total.

The birthday also coincided with the Red Cross’s flagship fundraising event, Red Cross Week, which included the birthday of the founder of the organisation, Henri Dunant.

The celebrations included a 20 per cent discount on all shop stock, as well as a cake sale, tombola and guess the number of sweets in the jar.

Red Cross Hampshire president, the Earl of Portsmouth, cut a cake, and sharing in the occasion was chairman of New Forest District Council, Cllr Christine Ford. Collections took place around the town during the fundraising week as well.

The shop was opened 20 years ago as a tribute to the founder’s birthday.

Shop manager Jenny Melbourne said, “I can’t believe that 20 years has passed so quickly. I’ve loved every minute of my time here and feel privileged to have been able to help so many vulnerable people through the funds raised in the shop.

“I want to thank all my loyal customers who’ve supported us over the years, as well as the amazing volunteers.”

Volunteering opportunities are available in the shop and in the new Support at Home project.