We are celebrating!

The St Andrew’s Hospice Donation Centre has celebrated its second birthday.

The charity took over the vacant Blockbuster building on Lock Hill roundabout to offer a new way of shopping for customers: the hospice’s first ever combined donation centre for unwanted goods and homeware store.

Since officially opening its doors in the spring of 2015, it has taken more than £405,000 for St Andrew’s, which costs £1.4-million a year to run and looks after both adults and children with progressive life-limiting illnesses. The hospice’s retail portfolio now has 14 shops around the region, with another currently being fitted out, and two tea bars.

Mike Ibbett (pictured), who manages the Donation Centre, said: “When it opened, it was an exciting project for the hospice and we continue to be delighted to be offering customers somewhere to shop in Grimsby town centre.

“The hospice has played an important role in Grimsby and the wider area since it first opened in the 1980s; we really are committed to being at the heart of the community.

“It’s been great to see the Donation Centre’s customer base build over the last two years. We have regulars who pay a visit several times a week, and it’s always good to see new faces too. People say they enjoy it because it’s not only a place to shop for high quality goods, but also convenient and easy to drop off their donations.”

The large building had stood empty since December 2013, when national movie and games rental company Blockbuster went bankrupt.

“The building is in great shape now and it’s pleasing that the community continue to support what we’re doing,” added Mike.

“Every single donation really does make a difference to the free care the hospice provides to people with life-limiting illnesses. We are an entirely local charity and rely on the support of the people of North East Lincolnshire to continue our work.

“Stock will be changing constantly, so a visit to the Donation Centre is always guaranteed to be interesting.”

The next venture for the charity is the opening of a new shop in Cleethorpes. Work is currently underway to fit it out.

The Donation Centre opens Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. A collection service is available for your unwanted goods and furniture by calling 01472 241972. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the same phone number. There is a current volunteering vacancy for a driver’s mate.

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