New Beaumond House Community Hospice charity shop in Collingham takes almost £300 in first afternoon of trading
A new charity shop took almost £300 in its first afternoon of trading.
The shop, in Collingham, next to the medical centre off the High Street, is the third to be opened by Beaumond House Community Hospice.
Newark MP Robert Jenrick had been due to officially open it at lunchtime but was summoned to London at the last minute ahead of the extraordinary sitting of Parliament last weekend.
A ribbon at the entrance was cut instead by the chairman of the hospice board of directors, Mr John Marshall.
He said the charity needed to raise about £650,000 towards the cost of providing palliative care to hundreds of people and support for their families each year so its shops were an essential way of making money.
“This is our third and hopefully it will be as successful as our ones in Newark and Southwell,” he said.
Director Mr David Tomkinson said they had been overwhelmed by donations for the shop and volunteers to help run it.
“There has been a large team behind getting this shop on the road,” he said.
The first customer to make a purchase was Christine Whitehead, of Collingham, who cut a celebration cake made by Ella Hewitt-Cook.
More than 30 volunteers have been recruited to help with the shop. The shop supervisor is Edwina Butcher who will work with retail manager Gary White.
Edwina was a nursery nurse for 20 years before running her own shop in Ollerton and then Newark, selling hand-made jewellery, scarves and handbags.
She is already a volunteer with the day therapy sessions at the hospice.
“I love meeting people and find the patients so inspirational,” she said. “I am really looking forward to the challenge and getting to know all the new volunteers.”
The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The charity needs more volunteers for its shops in Newark and Southwell.
Anybody interested should contact lucy.millard@beaumond house.co.uk