Midlothian charity shop forced to temporarily close after heavy rain damages roof

The Cancer Research store on Dalkeith High Street, Midlothian, has been forced to temporarily close after heavy rainfall led to parts of the ceiling falling away due to leaks.

One local, who regularly uses the 'much loved' store shared pictures with Edinburgh Live that showed extensive damage of the ceiling close to the front of the charity shop.

Several buckets filled with water could be seen below the holes in the ceiling that had been created during the 39-hour spell that saw a yellow weather warning issued for Edinburgh and the Lothians for heavy rainfall.

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Debs McAllister, who is a regular user of the store, said that this is not the first time that this issue has happened.

"I passed by on Friday morning and it is awful," she said. "This is a much loved charity shop and well used.

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"This happened the last time we had heavy rain last year. The ceiling was 'fixed' but I’m guessing the roof wasn’t.

"Looking in the window is difficult but at least half of the ceiling is down. There are buckets, as you can see from the window, full of dirty water and there is debris in the window and the shop too."

Cancer Research UK area manager, Lucinda Baddeley-Marr, said that the shop was impacted by the recent heavy downpours and added that they would be forced to close the store temporarily until repairs could be carried out.

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"Our shop in Dalkeith has been affected by the recent heavy rainfall and we have taken the decision to close temporarily while we investigate the extent of the damage," she said. "We hope to carry out repairs soon and ask our generous supporters to hold onto any donations until we are able to reopen."