Hospice is shopping for cash

A NEW Hartlepool Hospice shop opened today – now people are being asked to help make it a success.

Hospice bosses are delighted with the new shop, in Catcote Road, which swung open its doors this morning.

But now they are appealing for more volunteers to work in the shop and for all types of donations.

Bric-a-brac, clothes and furniture will all be accepted with open arms, as will kindhearted people who are willing to give up their time to help man the new shop.

The new opening means Hartlepool & District Hospice now has eight charity shops, all providing vital cash to help the facility maintain the palliative care services it offers.

In the 2011-12 financial year, charity shops, along with cafes and merchandise, helped to raise £411,353 for the hospice.

That cash helps hospice chiefs, who need to find more than £2.3m every year to keep the facility afloat.

Karen Witherley, area manager for Hartlepool Hospice’s shops, said: “We are over the moon with the new shop, it’s looking great.

“Hopefully we will get a lot of customers in and, as they always do, people will support us and ensure its a success

“We have already had quite a few donations in but we would love to receive a lot more so we can make sure we have plenty to offer our customers all of the time.”

An area stacked with books and an internal toy shop have both been set up in the hospice’s new premises.

The shop, at 32A Catcote Road, will open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm, but Karen said she hopes to also open on a Saturday if more volunteers sign up.

“All of our hospice shops are run purely by our fantastic volunteers,” she added.

“We have two volunteers in our new shop but we could really do with some more, it would be great if we had some more people coming forward.”

Anyone who wants to volunteer at any of the hospice shops or for more information should call Karen on 07758520084.