Crowds flocked to celebrate the opening of a new Dove House Hospice ‘superstore’ on Market Place, Driffield, last week.
Having moved from their previous location on Middle Street South, volunteers and staff have set up shop in a bigger premises allowing them to expand their range of stock.
Store manager, Deborah Swales spoke of her joy at the appearance of the new store.
Deborah said: “We didn’t expect this many people to turn out for the opening, it’s great.
“We’re so pleased with how the store looks and so excited to be able to extend our lines.”
The store stocks items from clothing to homeware, toys and gifts, with the shop floor supplies replenished every three weeks.
Deborah added: “The only thing we don’t sell is electrical equipment but we do collect the majority of electrical goods to be passed on.
“Nothing stays on the shop floor for more than a three weeks without being sold or we recycle it and it goes to another store, most probably the superstore in Hessle.”
Volunteers and members of the senior management team from Dove House gathered to celebrate the opening of the store.
Paddy Hall from Dove House’s Board of Members said: “This is one of our new superstores, they really change the way people view charity shops - it looks fantastic.
“The staff and volunteers have worked so hard to get the shop ready and for so many people to help out, donate goods and come along makes it worthwhile. It costs £3 million per year to keep a hospice running and with all the cuts going on at the moment, we really rely on donations and funding from shops like this.”
Volunteer, Shirley Franklin added: “I’m very very pleased to see so many people here, a lot of them are people who have never been into a charity shop before. The shop is brilliant, it sells such a fantastic range of things.”
Dove House Hospice is a charity providing excellent care for people in the local community with life limiting illnesses. We are specialists in palliative care which is the total care of patients whose illness is no longer curable and for whom the goal must be quality of life.
Services are available to anyone over the age of 18 years who has an illness which can no longer be cured. Care is provided for patients with cancer, neurological illnesses, heart diseases, respiratory diseases, HIV/AIDS and many other illnesses and incorporates physical, social, psychological and spiritual support delivered by a multi-professional team who embrace the family and significant others throughout the patient’s illness.
There is no charge for any of our services as Dove House Hospice is maintained by funds raised in the local community and support from the local Primary Care Trusts.
Driffield’s new Dove House store is open from Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm.
The store is still looking for donations of goods which can be dropped into the store during the opening hours. Volunteers are also needed, if you can give four hours a week to help in the store, pop in and speak to Deborah.
Marisa Haines, Reatail Division Manager added: “We now have 22 volunteers compared to just five six years ago but we do need more. We would just love to hear from anybody who can offer some time each week, we do ask for people to give around four hours but if someone comes along and can only do three hours a week we won’t be turning them away.”
For more information about Dove House and the work they do visit:www.dovehouse.org.uk/