A local charity is making an urgent appeal for volunteers to support their specialist furniture shop, following a growth in popularity post-lockdown.
St Ann’s Hospice, which has a range of shops in high streets across Greater Manchester as well as a portfolio of online shops, has seen particular interest in its specialist furniture and homeware stores in Ladybarn and Ardwick in recent months.
Amanda Brooks, head of the hospice’s trading company, said: “Lots of people have had clear-outs or been tidying their homes during the pandemic, and as a result are taking advantage of our free furniture collection service. Our team collects items and then sells them in our specialist shops, which is obviously both great in terms of recycling and reusing goods, but also helps support our patients whose care relies on money raised.
“We’re in real need of additional volunteers who are able to support our drivers, helping with pick ups and deliveries, and also assisting with loading and moving items too. We offer full training, and are a really friendly team. We’d love to hear from anyone who has time to spare that may be interested in helping out – even just a few hours would be hugely beneficial.”
The hospice’s shops have seen an increase in customers, with many keen to bag a bargain or two post-lockdown.
The hospice shops generate thousands of pounds worth of income every year for St Ann’s – income which enables the charity to continue to provide care to local patients with cancer and other life- limiting illnesses.
The hospice receives around a third of its funding from the NHS, so relies on income from donations and its trading company to carry on its work.
Amanda added: “It’s fantastic that customers are embracing their new freedoms by coming to purchase new and pre-loved goods at our covid-safe shops. The money raised from sales makes a huge difference to the lives of the local people the hospice cares for, and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who thinks of us.
“The role of a charity shop volunteer has really changed in recent years, and we see people of all ages who come to us and really benefit from, and enjoy, the experience.”
Anyone interested in supporting the hospice can call 0161 477 7839 from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, or pop into their local St Ann’s Hospice shop and ask for details.
*For more information on St Ann’s Hospice, please visit www.sah.org.uk