'Unprofitable' charity cafe at Telford hospital to close

The charity cafe at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital is to close.

Princess Royal Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital

The Friends of the Princess Royal Hospital said the impact of the Covid pandemic meant that the shop, which it has run at the reception area in the hospital, is no longer profitable.

The group has issued a notice confirming the closure will come into force from Friday, May 27.

A notice from the group said: “ The Covid pandemic and its ongoing restrictions have meant a real reduction in the number of customers using the shop.

“This has resulted in the company becoming unprofitable, so it is with great regret that we wish to advise everyone that the coffee shop will close permanently at end of trading on Friday, 27 May 2022.

“The Friends’ Charity will remain in operation and hopes to continue providing equipment for the hospital as we have done for many years.”

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