A CHARITY shop is appealing for help in getting back on its feet after being devastated by the recent flooding.

DEBRA’s charity shop in Stirling was badly damaged by Tuesday’s flash floods and have had to close temporarily.

They are now appealing for help in finding a pop-up store while their shop inside The Thistle Centre undergoes emergency repairs.

Lesley Gorton, the charity’s director of retail, said the shop could be closed for months.

She is appealing for local landlords to come forward and offer temporary premises for a pop-up shop while repairs take place.

An estimated £10k worth of donated goods has also been destroyed as a result of the water damage.

Lesley said: “We are absolutely devastated. We have just recently repainted and refurbished the shop and it was looking the best it ever had, thanks to the tireless efforts of the manager Margaret Thomas and our team of volunteers.

“The shop is very popular with customers and really does help us raise vital funds to fight EB and provide care and support to the thousands of people suffering from this skin blistering condition in Scotland and beyond.

“An estimated £10,000 worth of goods, including clothing, has been destroyed as a result of the water damage.

“Sadly, we won’t be able to sell these generously donated items and we desperately need to replenish our stock to fight EB.

“If anyone feels able to help us by donating new stock or offering us temporary retail premises for a period of time when we get back on our feet, please call 01698 424210.”

The national charity DEBRA provides lifelong care and support for people suffering from the potentially fatal skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and funds pioneering research into effective treatments and a cure for the condition.

The shop, which is very popular with customers, raises vital income to support the charity’s life changing work.