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Hospice shop launched
10:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
THE Countess of Pembroke cut the ribbon to officially open Salisbury Hospice Charity’s first solely owned shop on Friday.
Caroline Bennison, manager of the shop in Catherine Street, said: “We are one of Salisbury’s largest charities however this is our first solo venture into retail.
“With a large shop floor, including a backroom designed for books and records, we are looking for items such as ladieswear and menswear, children’s wear, small furniture, books and records, bric-a-brac and anything vintage.
“Charity shops have definitely grown in popularity in the last few years. I think the high quality of the products we have received so far has been a great help, and also the fact that the economy is struggling has meant people are always looking for ways to bag a bargain.”
The charity’s decision to open a shop came after the cost of palliative care services rose by 200 per cent in the last ten years.
Sara Morley, chief executive, said: “We are one of Salisbury’s largest charities yet many people are not aware of how important their support is.
“Both I and the trustees hope that not only will this shop be a resounding success, but will also help to raise awareness of this very important charity and ensure we are able to raise the £1.5m we need every year.”
Lady Pembroke said: “I am delighted to be asked to open what I hope will be the first of many shops. This is such an important charity and I wish everyone the best of success in this new venture.”
For information about donations or volunteering contact Caroline Bennison on 01722 329138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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