Find out more about its new manager, Shane...
A vacant building in Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, is due to re-open as a St Andrew's Hospice shop in the middle of June.
The former lighting store will exclusively stock a large range of refurbished bicycles for all ages. It will be managed by Shane Briggs, who has been at the helm of the hospice’s shops in Freeman Street and Immingham up to now, and has worked at the hospice for seven years.
He said: “I love knowing all the sales we make in our shops ultimately contribute to helping the adults and children who use our services. I have always been a people person, and that’s why I chose to work in retail.
“Customers at the hospice shops are very loyal. In fact, some come every day and a selected few visit more than once a day. We get to meet great people. I recall once meeting a gentleman who wanted to donate his late father’s mobility scooter – that was a big gesture. Volunteers tell me that sort of thing is one of the aspects they enjoy too; it really does have the feel-good factor.”
To stock the range of bicycles, St Andrew’s has gone into partnership with Recycle Your Cycle, a social enterprise which works with the Prison Service. Workshops have been established at six prisons in the UK, where prisoners are trained to refurbish them. Recycle Your Cycle has recently begun collaborating with Hospice UK, a national organisation of which St Andrew’s Hospice is a member.
It’s a return to the area for Shane who, 25 years ago, managed Motorworld in the neighbouring property. His first day working at the hospice was his 40th birthday.
“We will be selling bicycles for adults and children, so I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone with a passion in that area who may be able to volunteer,” he added.
“Volunteering for the hospice is very flexible in terms of how little or how much you can commit and is, of course, very rewarding. We are looking forward to welcoming new volunteers, and also new customers.”
To find out more about the roles available, contact Shane on 01649 571115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org