A CANCER survivor has helped to open a new charity superstore dedicated to saving lives.

Whitefield mum-of-two Carolyn Hall cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony of Cancer Research UK's first superstore in Greater Manchester.

Carolyn said: "I'm delighted to be involved in the opening of the new superstore as it will raise money for such an amazing cause."

The 6,000sq ft store at Regent Road Retail Park in Salford sells clothing, homeware, books, toys and furniture, with all profits going towards funding the charity's work.

Carolyn, who has previously undergone treatment for breast cancer, said the family recognises the need to support new research.

Carolyn had just celebrated her 40th birthday when she found a lump on her right breast. Her youngest child, Lily, was just four at the time.

Following tests at North Manchester General Hospital, the 46-year-old, who runs her own event and hotel booking agency, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Carolyn underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and later received chemotherapy treatment at The Christie in Withington.

She said: "As well as having to go through treatment for breast cancer myself, I lost my mum to cancer, so my family is only too aware of the importance of research into the disease.”

Donations of good quality clothes, shoes and bags are being taken by the new store, with free collection available for furniture. Each bag of donated clothes is worth up to £25 — which can be topped up if supporters sign up for Gift Aid.