A GROUP of five women who have had close encounters with cancer have opened a store in Tweed Heads South to raise funds for cancer research.

The cooperative operates under the name In the Company of Angels, on Minjungbal Dr, and although it's open for business already, it will officially open its doors this Saturday.

The co-op sells clothing, does alterations, tarot card readings, aura photography, natural beauty therapy, Rieki, colour therapy healing and sells accessories and gifts such as crystals, jewellery and handbags.

Cooperative leader Wendy Tapp said "all stock is brand new and the latest fashion and we have some really great bargains.

"We offer everything from head to toe and want to be a one stop shop for all women's needs".

Ms Tapp said the cooperative intended to raise about $5000 for the cancer research program of Professor Abdi, medical oncologist at Tweed Hospital.

"We're all locals and want to raise local funds for a local program," Ms Tapp said.

"We don't want to see our money disappear to the capitals and want to support Professor Abdi so he will be able to increase the number of research subjects in his clinical trials.

"Of the five women in the co-op, three are breast cancer survivors and two have lost their mothers to breast cancer.

"We also raise money for so-called Angel Gifts which will see people who are struggling with cancer and can't work, receive money for such things as rent and food.

The shop will only operate on a short-term lease and close its doors on February 1, 2013.

It consists of Moira Brody, Wendy Tapp, June Beverly, Louise Menzies, Tanya Walsh, plus a further five volunteers.

It's located at 39 Minjungbal Dr, near the corner with William St and is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm.



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