St Andrew’s Hospice has opened a fabulous new retail store in Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby.

Local charity St Andrew’s Hospice has opened a fabulous new retail store in Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby.

The hospice, which is based on Peaks Lane in the North East Lincolnshire town, has taken up a portion of the former In The Pink store, between Next and House of Fraser, on Clayton Walk in the centre.

And the hospice retail team is promising a range of premium-quality, hand-picked ladies’ clothes, jewellery and accessories, as well as children’s clothes and toys for shoppers.

The range will be complemented with an exciting contemporary gift range.

“This is a new concept for us,” said St Andrew’s Head of Retail Tom Ryan.

“It is a location which has long been on our radar, and we are delighted that an opportunity to open a store in such a prominent location in Grimsby has come our way.

“We have been able to fulfil this vision through the support of the local community.

The hospice costs £15,000 a day to run and the charity’s retail outlets provide a significant and sustainable income stream which allows St Andrew’s to continue offering important services to patients and families from North East Lincolnshire, wider Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding.

The Freshney Place store will be a welcome addition to St Andrew’s retail outlets in North East Lincolnshire, as the hospice continues to make a substantial contribution to the local community.

Tom continued: “Over 95% of our donations are re-used or recycled and, in relation to textiles, charity shops across the country diverted more than 330,000 tonnes of clothing out of landfill last year, saving local councils £27-million in Landfill Tax in the process – we’re proud to continue to play our part in reducing a portion of that burden in North East Lincolnshire.”

The hospice are also offering volunteer opportunities in the store and they are urging anyone interested in developing their employability skills to get in touch with the retail team on 01472 350 908.

“A significant number of local residents make up our truly amazing volunteer team at the hospice, which currently totals over 550,” said Tom.

“The development of employability skills to many of those volunteers means a number of them then progress into paid local employment – for example, three of our retail volunteers have gone on to become paid store managers in the last six months alone.

But people volunteer for many other reasons and we welcome interest whatever that reason may be.”

This new store will mark the hospice’s twenty-third across Greater Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding, as the charity’s retail arm continues to grow and thrive.

The Freshney Place outlet follows on the heels of a successful outlet in Hull’s Princes Quay Shopping Centre, which opened earlier this year, and has proven to be a successful addition to the hospice’s retail portfolio.

“Our ability to continue the great work of our retail shops means that we owe a debt of gratitude to many,” said Lesley Charlesworth-Browne, Deputy CEO at the hospice.

“This includes those in the community that donate their items for sale and our wonderful volunteers who give their precious time to ensure that we can keep our stores open.

“We also thank our commercial partners who work alongside us to ensure that we can continue to expand our retail operation and all of those that visit our shops and support us whilst grabbing a bargain!

“We hope the shoppers of Grimsby enjoy our latest shop whilst supporting their local charity! “

Amanda Austin, centre director Freshney place said: “We’re delighted to welcome St Andrew’s Hospice to Freshney Place and wish them the very best of success with their shop.

“The work the charity does in the local community is essential and touches many of us and we are confident that their new position in Freshney Place will make it even easier for local people to show their support.”

Tom added: “We hope that the exciting range of goods we can exclusively offer at our Freshney Place store means that our latest venture will be similarly well supported by the local community.”

For more information on St Andrew’s retail stores, please visit www.standrewshospice.com/shops.

[Pictured: Tom Ryan (Head of Retail, St Andrew's Hospice), Michelle Chevins (Centre Liaison Manager, Freshney Place), Marilyn Taylor (Shop Manager), Zoey Emmerson (Nurse, Andy's Children's Hospice), Lily-Mae Hutton (patient, Andy's Children's Hospice), Lisa Hutton (parent), Sarah Playle (Retail Operations Manager, St Andrew's Hospice)]

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