New Shakespeare Hospice furniture store opens for business!
The new Shakespeare Hospice furniture store was officially opened last Saturday (10 March) by Dame Emma Jane Brown¹, and has been hailed by locals as a great fit for Moreton in Marsh.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony was well attended; a constant stream of visitors from Moreton in Marsh and further afield turned up to browse the large selection of furniture, bric-a-brac and household electricals in the spacious new showroom, sited at Fosseway Business Park. On display was a large range of pre-loved household items, including chairs, sofas, cupboards and cabinets, as well as pictures, lamps and occasional collectors’ items, which all proved very popular with customers.
Local ladies, Anne and Dorothy (surnames withheld) were very impressed with the new store and the selection of goods on offer. Dorothy said: “There are some lovely pieces of good quality furniture here, at very reasonable prices, and it’s a very big, clean and smart space. Because the store isn’t on the high street, where parking is sometimes difficult, we were delighted that we could park just outside the store where there are plenty of spaces – we’ll definitely be coming back!”
Tracy Holdback, Retail Manager, said: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response to our new store. We received some wonderful comments about the quality of the stock and we sold a lot of items. Many customers were buying things to upcycle – there’s a real trend for creating vintage style as well as painting and distressing furniture for the shabby chic look. If anyone came down and didn’t find what they were looking for, we urge them to come back soon – our stock will change regularly to keep the shop-floor looking fresh and inspiring.”
Much of the furniture on display was donated by local people, and the Hospice will continue to accept donations of high-end, pre-loved furniture. Multiple items and larger pieces of furniture will be collected, free of charge, from within a radius of 10 miles. Anyone with something to donate is asked to either drop into the shop, if possible, or for larger items, please call 01608 654415 or email: Moreton@theshakespearehospice.org.uk.
The Hospice is also looking for volunteers to help at the store, especially those with a flair for upcycling or have carpentry skills. They are also looking for people to help serve customers, dress the shop, price items and help with deliveries and collections. There will be an opportunity to learn new skills or get some valuable work experience. Anyone interested is asked to please email: CLomas@theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call her on: 01789 266852.
The Shakespeare Hospice provides palliative and supportive care to over 1000 patients and their families across South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds, including Moreton in Marsh.
Its core services are Day Hospice, Hospice at Home, Counselling and Family Support, and a unique Children and Young People’s Services, which supports bereaved children, young carers, and Transitional Care for 16-24 year olds with a life limiting illness.
Income from the hospice’s retail outlets helps to keep the charity’s vital services running. The Hospice’s services are free of charge but cost £2.3m each year to provide, and as only 8% of funding is provided by the NHS, the charity relies on the income generation from fundraising activity and retail.
Money from purchases at The Shakespeare Hospice Furniture Store will used wisely; for example, £100 will pay for two visits by Hospice at Home nurses to provide end of life care to patients in their own homes or one nurse on call overnight to support patients choosing to stay at home with dignity and in familiar surroundings. Hospice at Home are a team of registered nurses and healthcare assistants with specialist training in palliative and end of life care.
On call 24 hours a day, the team supports patients and their families in their home so they can remain with the people who are most dear to them.
If anyone would like to get in touch with The Shakespeare Hospice, please call: 01789 266852 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.