Our shop in Barton is holding a fashion show.

Barton’s newest charity shop is calling on everyone with a passion for fashion to come together and support the area’s only children’s hospice.

Andy’s opened in the Market Place last summer, taking over vacant premises and welcoming a steady stream of customers.

Andy’s is the children’s hospice based at St Andrew’s Hospice, in Grimsby, and is the only one in Lincolnshire and the East Riding. The care it provides for babies, children and young people up to the age of 25 with life-limiting illnesses is free for patients, and paid for mostly by donations.

The revenue from shops such as the one in Barton contributes greatly to its £1.2-million annual running costs, of which statutory funding is minimal.

The shop is holding a fashion show on Wednesday, April 5 from 5pm to 7pm to showcase the high quality goods on sale.

Manager Janet Emery (pictured right), who lives in the town, said: “We’ve been made very welcome by the community ad would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us, and is continuing to do so.

“The fashion show is a chance for us to treat customers old and new to a social evening, to find out more about what the shop has to offer and the reasons behind why we are here. Andy’s plays an important role in northern Lincolnshire and wouldn’t exist without the support of communities like that here in Barton. We are so grateful.”


Tickets for the fashion show cost £1.50, available from the shop, which entitles the holder to a 20 per cent discount on goods purchased during the event.

“We are also appealing for volunteers to join our friendly team,” Janet added. “We are currently looking for a stock preparation assistant, general shop assistant, fashion retail assistant and window dresser.

“Volunteering for the hospice is very flexible in terms of how little or how much you can commit and is, of course, very rewarding.”

To find out more about volunteering, pop into the shop for a chat or call Janet on 01652 635690. The store opens Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Donations are welcome.

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