The St Peter’s Hospice shop in Bristol City Centre has relaunched after a major refurbishment which has seen its ground floor extended and a whole new first floor installed.
Shoppers visiting the charity store, on St James Barton Roundabout, will need to plan for a longer browsing time to take in the new departments which include a 99p clearance section, books and DVDs and a special Urban Womenswear section which boasts the latest trends from High Street brands.
Funds generated by the shop will go towards patient care at Bristol’s only adult hospice.
St Peter’s Hospice City Centre shop manager, Sadie Jones, said: “We are so excited to relaunch our shop with the amazing new revamp; we are now stocking even more than ever before and I can’t wait for our customers to see what we’ve got.
“As well as the new sections we also stock menswear, childrenswear 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.
“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!
“We’re particularly interested in filling our brand new Urban Womenswear department which is an addition to our usual Womenswear. This section will feature really on-trend pieces from High Street stores and will hopefully help us to attract a new, young audience.”
The shop, which has raised over £750,000 since opening in 1998, is extending its opening hours to include Sundays, meaning it is now open seven-days a week, and managers are looking for new volunteers to help staff the extended hours and the newly expanded shop floor.
Sadie continued: “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.
“Two of our volunteers, Sylvia and Alina, have recently made the move from volunteering into paid employment. Sylvia is our new Saturday sales assistant and Alina is our Sunday sales assistant. So volunteering can also present exciting career opportunities!”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.