New shop will raise funds for Hartlepool hospice

Volunteers Mike Taylor and Robert Gibbon from Hartlepool College of Further Education outside the new shop.
Volunteers Mike Taylor and Robert Gibbon from Hartlepool College of Further Education outside the new shop.
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Volunteers have helped a hospice build a better future with the creation of a new shop.

Hartlepool & District Hospice is preparing to open a new shop in Murray Street to raise cash for the vital town cause.

The hospice has been given a boost from Hartlepool College of Further Education as volunteers, including college lecturer Mike Taylor and student Robert Gibbon, helped with the work.

Other volunteers from the college also included Luke Burr and Caitlyn Armstrong, while the college also donated the paint.

Karen Witherley from the hospice said: “We are very excited about opening our new shop in Murray Street.

“This will be our 10th shop within Hartlepool and East Durham.

“We have lots of opportunities within the shops for volunteers where you can gain new skills and meet friends.

“If you are interested in volunteering in any of our retail outlets please contact me and I will be happy to explain in more detail.”

She added: “We are going through a very challenging time at the moment within retail as donations have fallen due to the current climate and also the shops that have opened in Hartlepool offering money for clothing.

“We therefore are appealing to the people of Hartlepool and East Durham to donate generously not only clothing but furniture and recyclable products.”

This year it will cost over £2.4m to maintain our services with only 23 percent of these costs being met by the government.

People can contact Karen for more information on 07758520084.