St Luke’s Hospice opens new Sheffield charity shop
A community is being urged to get behind a new charity shop due to open in their neighbourhood in the autumn.
St Luke’s Hospice will open a new shop – its 14th in total – at the top of City Road in the Manor Top area.
It will sell a full range of second hand fashions, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, DVDs and housewares and will also stock furniture and electrical items.
But to keep the shop open six days every week it is estimated there will be a need for the support of up to 40 volunteers.
Paul Summerland, St Luke’s head of retail, said: “This is a great way of gaining some retail experience and making a real contribution to Sheffield’s only hospice.
“Our volunteers receive in depth training in areas such as sorting, tagging, pricing, steaming and merchandising as well as learning about effective customer service.
“It’s a fun and lively thing to be involved in new shop opening and we have an amazing management team who want to meet like-minded individuals who want to make a difference.
“Just one hour every week can help make an enormous contribution to the lives of St Luke’s patients and their families.”
A spokesperson for the hospice charity said: “It costs over £3.5 million every year to run St Luke’s Hospice and keep all our services open.
“Although some funding is received from central government through the clinical commissioning groups, St Luke’s still has to raise the majority of income needed each year from our own fundraising events, public donations, legacies, and our shops.
“Public donations are vital to our future and to the level of care we are able to give.”
To find out more about volunteering call Joy Wigfield on 0114 235 7542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to supporting the hospice shop, residents are urged to host a ‘Big Brew’ event to boost funds for the charity.
Diane Chester, hospice fundraiser, said: “All you have to do is get your friends, family, or work colleagues together and have a cuppa along with a cake, a cheese and wine evening or even a beer and burger, asking them to make a donation to St Luke’s.
“You can hold your ‘Big Brew’ at home, in the office, in the park, or just around the vending machine if that’s all you have.”
For more information visit www.stlukeshospice.com/fundraising