Hospice opens new shop in Pill

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By sophia1980 | Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:49

A new charity shop which supports adults with life-limiting illnesses has been opened in Pill by BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell.

The brand new St Peter's Hospice shop will stock women and menswear, books, music, china, bric-a-brac and even has a dedicated kids section filled with clothes and toys.

It is hoped that the new shop will make a significant contribution to the £6.8 million annual cost to run the hospice and its services.

Located at Baltic Place, Pill, the shop is the 47th retail unit to be opened by the charity which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Janet Loud, head of shops at St Peter's Hospice said the shop is expected to be a huge success as the people of North Somerset have always been greatly supportive of the charity.

She said: "We're very excited to be opening the new Pill shop. We're lucky to have found an excellent unit which means we can stock a wide range of goods for customers who are looking for a bargain.

"Charity shops offer such value for money and you can often find some real gems including designer clothes and accessories and gorgeous ornaments and home decorations.

"We have many supporters in the Pill area and there has been a call for quite a while for us to set up shop there. We'd like to thank the local community for being so welcoming to us and we look forward to seeing them come through the doors soon!"

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol and the surrounding area's only adult hospice which cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. Now in its 35th anniversary year, it costs £6.8 million to run with 77% of that coming from public support and income from the shops.

Simon Caraffi, CEO of St Peter's Hospice added: "As Bristol's largest charity retailer this new shop is a fantastic addition to the 46 we already have across the area.

"The returns we see from our shops are vital to the work undertaken by the charity to support those in need in the region."

The new shop will be staffed by a team of volunteers, who have signed up to serve customers, sort the donations and run the store. One volunteer is Zara Sheppard, 31, from Pill. She said:

"I'm so pleased a charity shop has opened in Pill, we've needed one for a while so it's lovely to see such a great cause on the high street.

"St Peter's Hospice has a special meaning to me as the charity cared for my mum in her final days, that's why I decided to volunteer in the shop.

"Mum passed away from breast cancer two years ago and the care she received from the nurses and staff at the hospice was brilliant. I was reluctant at first to enter the hospice as I thought it would be depressing but it was actually lovely and it was great that the whole family was able to come and visit and stay with mum. Mum's cancer was extremely aggressive but the hospice made things easier.

"I love charity shops but I've never really thought too much about what the money is used for. I now have a better understanding so I'm really looking forward to seeing things from behind the scenes."

The new shop can be found at 6 Baltic Place, Pill, North Somerset, BS20 OET.

For more information about St. Peter's Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk

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