Severn Hospice opens Shropshire's largest charity shop in Shrewsbury - with video and pictures
The largest charity shop in Shropshire has opened its doors to bargain-hunting Shrewsbury shoppers.
Volunteers, local residents and businesses joined forces to help Severn Hospice’s latest venture by donating thousands of items of stock, dressing the shop and stocking shelves.
The 6,000sq ft charity superstore in Castlefields – the first of a kind for Shropshire and Mid Wales – is an addition to Severn Hospice’s portfolio of 25 award-winning high street shops, including their furniture store on Ennerdale Road in Shrewsbury.
The shop on Beacalls Lane was officially opened at 10am on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Severn Hospice matron Clare Gregory and Shrewsbury town crier Martin Wood.
Severn Hospice’s shops helps raise more than £1 million a year to support families living with an incurable illness across Shropshire and Mid Wales.
The charity’s head of retail, Ross Henderson, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has been involved and for the efforts of the Castlefields and wider Shrewsbury community who helped our superstore dream become a reality.
“The need for our services is always increasing and our support extends beyond wards with four out of five of people we care for being looked after in their homes. Having the opportunity to introduce another fundraising stream is invaluable and will help us enhance our community services, enabling more people to live as well as they can with a terminal illness.
“We welcome people to come along and support our new project, especially as the store is not only a place to shop – we have a community hub for people to meet, chat and engage with the charity’s work face to face, via iPads, a chalkboard and a TV.”
The superstore is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and will be expanding into Sunday trading in the autumn.