The St Peter’s Hospice shop on St James Barton roundabout has relaunched after a major refurbishment.
The shop, which has raised more than £750,000 since opening in 1998, is one of a network of 50 shops across Bristol which help support the city’s only adult hospice.
The hospice in Brentry cares for more than 2,670 patients with life limiting conditions each year, as well as supporting family members. Its free service costs around £19,000 a day and much of the money is raised by the St Peter’s Hospice shops.
A vital part of the St Peter’s Hospice fundraising network is its army of volunteers and, as the city centre shop is now open seven days a week, it’s launched a call out for more people to come forward to help.
Shop manager, Sadie Jones said: “Volunteers are vital to the running of the shop and we need lots more people to sign up and pledge even just a few hours of their time a week.
“Volunteering is not only incredibly valuable to the hospice, it also offers a fun way to meet new people and learn new skills.”
One of those volunteers is 46-year-old Sakina Gholami from Horfield. She originally came to the UK in 2002 as a refuge from Afghanistan and started volunteering in Jan 2017 to help her improve her English.
Other volunteers have gone on to get paid work at the hospice said Sadie: “Sylvia (from Italy) and Alina (from Romania), have recently made the move from volunteering into paid employment…so volunteering can also present exciting career opportunities.”
The hospice has also put out an appeal for donations.
“As well as the new sections we also stock menswear, children’s wear and accessories. The new space means we need lots of great quality donations to be able to fill it, so we are appealing for people to bring any unwanted items to us,” said Sadie.
“Unlike many of our other shops which can be found in small villages and communities, the City Centre shop struggles for donations so we really want people who live or work in the area to get behind us and donate some goods.
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