Irthlingborough mum whose house burned down opens Rushden shop

Mayor of Rushden Marian Hollomon with owner Caroline Dumpleton
Mayor of Rushden Marian Hollomon with owner Caroline Dumpleton

A mum-of-10 whose family escaped a fire at their home and have since been forced to live in a caravan is opening a new shop.

Caroline Dumpleton, 35, her husband and their 10 children are currently living in a static caravan parked in front of their home in Irthlingborough while work is carried out to repair the fire-hit building.

The Telegraph reported on the fire at the family’s home in March after an electrical fault caused a huge blaze at the property.

Mrs Dumpleton is determined to provide for her family by expanding her Body Gems retail business.

She already has a store in Kettering and now she’s opened another branch in Rushden High Street. As well as a range of jewellery, fascinators and other products, the Rushden store has expanded this week to also sell dresses.

Mrs Dumpleton said: “I would like people to bring me their dresses to sell in the shop and I’ll just take the commission. I have been trading in Kettering for two years and I am excited to now be open in Rushden.

“I just try to go forward because there’s no going back. Times are hard at the moment so we have to help ourselves and keep going.”

Mrs Dumpleton is also keen to open a shop in Wellingborough, providing she could get the right deal on a premises.

Marian Hollomon, mayor and acting chairman of the Rushden Town Centre Partnership, said: “Body Gems is a very welcome addition to the town.”