A New Lease of Life for Banbridge Cancer Charity Shop after Devastating Flood

Leading local cancer charity, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are delighted to open their doors once again and welcome the local people of Banbridge and beyond to shop for a cause in their recently renovated shop on the Banbridge high street. Based at 42 Newry Street in the heart of the town centre, the store suffered a devastating flooding in 2023 and has been closed to the public. Behind the scenes the organisation worked tirelessly to bring back an essential retail hub to the area, that is more than just a store to its loyal customers.  


Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, Director of Retail Angela McGrath said:  

“We are absolutely thrilled to be finally open for business again. After such a difficult time dealing with the damage from the flood, we can’t thank the local community enough for their outpouring of support and patience while we completed our renovations, and I think everyone will agree the shop looks better than ever.”  

She continued:  

“We are more than just a place to drop off clothes or pick-up a bargain. Our shop, staff, and volunteers are a real part of the fabric of the local community and we cannot wait to welcome back all of the familiar faces and look forward to an exciting year ahead.” 


The Cancer Focus NI store will be back to doing what it does best, stocking the latest in high street fashion and providing a sustainable and ethical way for people to dispose of used clothing. One of 12 stores dotted across Northern Ireland, the retail shops provide a vital revenue stream for the organisation that provides a number of crucial support services to help local people and their families affected by cancer. These services include counselling, family support, specialist bra fitting, art therapy and a patient driving service.  Every penny counts with £51 paying for a specialist bra fitting appointment that will help give a woman back her confidence during their cancer treatment.  

The organisation also offers a free telephone service that is run by local experienced nurses who are there to offer expert support and cancer information to those who need it. The nurseline is open to the general public and the charity encourages anyone who is worried or concerned about cancer or a possible cancer diagnosis to call and avail of the support available.  


The fresh new look of the store mirrors the warm environment and atmosphere of Cancer Focus NI’s latest endeavour to bring cancer care and support into the community with new Cancer Support Centres laid out in their ambitious 5-year strategy in towns and cities across Northern Ireland, with the first opening on the Enniskillen High Street at the end of 2024.  

For more information about Cancer Focus NI’s support services visit or to volunteer at a local Cancer Focus NI shop, please email or 028 9066 3281.