St Elizabeth Hospice is sending out a rallying cry to the Great Yarmouth community to help re-open its fire-damaged shop in the town.
The Hospice shop in Kings Street closed after a blaze broke out in the early hours of October 30 2012 – just four months after it had opened.
All the stock, which had been donated by local people including Hospice patients and their families, was ruined. The shop itself was so badly fire-damaged that it had to shut while repairs were carried out.
The money made through Hospice’s shops is vital in helping fund local services to patients and their families.
Plans are now under way to re-open the shop on Wednesday, April 10 and St Elizabeth Hospice is appealing for local people to help get it ready by donating unwanted items to restock the shelves.
After Easter, please drop off donations – such as clothes, accessories, books, DVD, bric-a-brac – to the shop weekdays from Tuesday April 2 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
Jason Rudderham, area retail manager for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to get the shop ready for opening and now we would love local people to donate their unwanted clothes, accessories, bric-a-brac, DVDs, books and shoes so we can restock the shelves.
“The shop had been very well supported and raised a lot of money for St Elizabeth Hospice and we hope lots of people will continue to support it by donating goods, volunteering or coming to browse or buy what we have on sale.”
St Elizabeth Hospice is investing £2.2m over three years providing services for patients living with a progressive illness in Waveney and Great Yarmouth. It currently offers services in Gorleston, Ditchingham and Beccles as well as at the new Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering please call 07713 287435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.