ST WILFRID’S Hospice is opening a distribution hub and furniture shop after a local firm handed over part of its site to the charity.
The local hospice, which is getting ready to open a new headquarters next year to more than double the number of people it can provide end-of-life care to, is setting up shop in Moy Avenue near ESK.
It will move into part of a unit vacated by Powerplay, which has shifted its staff elsewhere, and the former tenant has been hugely supportive to the charity.
Powerplay still owns the building and has helped St Wilfrid’s take over the premises and get ready to open.
The site will act as a distribution centre for the charity and allow it to branch out into selling furniture and white goods which are not always easy to display in its normal high street charity shops.
And, with its expanding services likely to put extra financial demands on the charity, St Wilfrid’s says the move could not have come at a better time – particularly as it already relies on donations for 85 per cent of its running costs.
Nigel Rippon, director of business development at St Wilfrid’s, said this week, “We’re thrilled with the new premises and would like to thank the team from Powerplay for all their support in our new venture.
“We hope that this will become Eastbourne’s first choice for second-hand furniture and allow the hospice to raise additional much-needed income to support our work and our campaign to transform end-of-life care.”
The new furniture shop opened its doors this week and is also available as a drop off point for donations of clothing, furniture and electrical items.
The charity can also collect any donations and this service can be booked by calling 01323 418424.
They are also in need of volunteers to help at the new premises with working in the shop and also sorting stock.
To find out more call the team on 01323 418424.