After a great deal of consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to close our Alford charity shop permanently.
This shop has been serving the local community for 33 years, including 27 at its current location, and we are so grateful to everyone who has spent money and donated items there during this time. We have conducted an in-depth review and sadly it will not be cost effective for us to keep the store open any longer.
Caroline Peach, Head of Retail at St Barnabas Hospice said, “Unfortunately despite our best efforts, the shop has had a low turnover for some time. It was forced to close last year when the first lockdown was announced, and we struggled to get it back open again because of staffing issues. This is what prompted the review.
“The Alford community has given this shop wonderful support over the years and our team of staff and volunteers have been fantastic ambassadors of the Hospice and a pleasure to work with. For a large part of its trading, the shop was run solely by volunteers and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given their time.”
We are still caring for people living with life-limiting or terminal illnesses in the Alford area. This care is being delivered by our dedicated North-East Community Services team both in person and virtually.
Chris Wheway, Chief Executive at St Barnabas added, “Our commitment to providing care and services within the Alford area remains unchanged and the Clinical teams at St Barnabas are still working hard on the front line to give patients and their families high-quality, compassionate care.
“With an ageing and growing population, and various health implications left behind as a result of the coronavirus, our care is needed now more than ever. I hope that those who would normally support our Alford charity shop will be able to find alternative ways to support the Hospice during these difficult times.”
The most local St Barnabas charity shops to Alford will now be in Skegness, Spilsby or Mablethorpe. Currently these shops are temporarily closed because of the lockdown, but we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back once restrictions are lifted once more.