A charity shop has announced it is reopening its doors after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barnardo's in Braintree on Grove Street and Witham at The Grove Centre will reopen next month following the period of closure.

The children's charity was forced to cancel its fundraising events and close all 700 stores in March, resulting in a £30million drop in income.

The Braintree and Witham stores are part of only a handful of shops that remain shut.

Diane Green, Barnardo’s Area Business Manager, said: “We are delighted that we soon will be able to welcome customers back to our Braintree and Witham stores.

“We know the past few months have been very difficult for our staff, volunteers and customers. Barnardo’s has 700 shops across the UK and they each play a hugely important role in funding our services which support vulnerable children and families in many different ways.

“Closing all them all when the UK went into lockdown in March had a significant impact on our ability to raise funds for those services which is why we have been so keen to reopen our stores as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Both stores will reopen on Monday, November 2.