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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Hospice charity set to open first shop in Carlisle

A charity is set to open its first shop in Carlisle giving them a vital presence in the city.

Sheila Thompson photo
Sheila Thompson

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland announced that approval had been given by its trustees to open a store in the city centre.

It will be the first shop the charity has opened in the city after running a successful store in Penrith for several years.

Sheila Thompson, the hospice’s charity director, hoped that the new shop would help the charity in a number of ways.

“This is a new venture for us, it is very exciting,” she said.

“It will hopefully raise our profile within the city and raise a lot of funds for people who need that care.

“It is such an exciting time for us.”

She said they had been thinking about the move for some time but “now the time is right”, adding: “About 40 per cent of our patients are in the city of Carlisle so to have a base there will be really good for the city, it helps to promote that we are here.”

Bosses at the charity hope that they will be able to open the shop this May and will soon be advertising for the role of a store manager.

While the planning of the shop’s opening is in the final stages, the charity are appealing for an army of volunteers to make the plans a reality.

“We cannot open the shop until we have a team of volunteers and a manager in place. To run the shop we need about 30 volunteers which is quite a lot,” added Sheila. “So if anyone does want to volunteer and help out in the shop then that would be fantastic.

“It would be quite nice to have people that are interested in the charity, second hand shops or just retail in general.

“But there are lots of jobs available, lots in the back if you want to be behind the scenes or lots out front where you can talk to people.”

For more details about getting involved call Hospice at Home on 01768 210719 or email admin@hospiceathome.co.uk.

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