St Barnabas pop-up shop ‘huge success’ raising valuable funds for the charity

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice pop-up shop opened on Monday, February 18, with a variety of exciting sections for people to browse.

The store, an 8,000 square foot unit is next to New Look in the Waterside Shopping Centre is selling a range of vintage and second hand goodies including crockery, clothing and wedding dresses, as well as film merchandise.

Shoppers to the store have been really positive, especially about the interactive games area to keep children entertained.

Retail Manager for St Barnabas, is overwhelmed by the success of the pop up shop.

“We’d like to give a huge thank you to Waterside Shopping Centre for providing us with this great opportunity to use this wonderful unit. This means that more of the money we raise goes directly to patient care.

“We hope that having our pop-up shop in a place so central in Lincoln will spread awareness of St Barnabas and what we do to those who may not be aware.”

Dean Cross, general manager at the Waterside Shopping Centre, added:

“As our charity partner we work closely with St Barnabas, and the pop-up shop is just one of a series of fundraising activities we’ve supported. The St Barnabas team have created a great looking and well merchandised pop up unit, which we hope lots of people will visit. We hope the scheme encourages other charities around the country to stage similar fundraising activity as it certainly seems to have captured people’s attention!”

St Barnabas supports more than 10,500 local people every year and delivers care to patients living with a life limiting or terminal illness and their families. The ambition, for every patient they meet, is to enable them to live life to the fullest possible extent for however many days, weeks or months they have left.

This year it will cost over £11.5m to deliver our services. The NHS does give some money, but the charity still needs to raise at least £5.5 million. Funds from fundraising, donations and retail sales all go towards the yearly costs to run the free service. Visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk to find out more.

The pop up shop is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.

St Barnabas Hospice book shop in Louth closed due to flooding

Flooding caused from the flat above the shop has led to thousands of pounds worth of damage as the shop and its donations were ruined

St Barnabas Hospice has been forced to close its bookshop on Eastgate in Louth due to flooding. The flooding was discovered by a passing member of the public on the night of Wednesday 8th November.

The charity is urging local residents not to bring donations to their bookstore but instead to drop them off at their other shop which is also located on Eastgate. The bookstore will remain closed until further notice.

St Barnabas Hospice staff are working hard to dry out the shop and are making the necessary repairs.

Speaking about the incident, Sandy Trindall, the Shop Manager, said:

“The cause of the leak was a burst water pipe from the flat above the shop, and the general humidity has destroyed many of the books, even those not touched by water. We are determined to reopen as soon as we can and welcome back our community.”

The bookstore also stocked a range of DVDs games and CDs, many of which have also been destroyed in the flooding.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“It really is heartbreaking to see the damage that has been caused. The stock which has been so generously donated has been completely destroyed. We estimate that we have lost £6,000 worth of goods and equipment in this incident.

“This is a huge blow to the charity as money raised from our shops helps to fund our care and services across Lincolnshire.”

Hospice house clearance service helps locals in their time of need

St Barnabas Hospice has been providing a valuable house clearance service to the people of Lincolnshire for over a year

In December 2016, St Barnabas Hospice launched their house clearance service, with the aim of helping members of the public who were struggling to cope with the scale of clearing a house.

Since its launch, the service has helped to fully or partially clear 208 houses across Lincolnshire. Many customers have found it invaluable during a period of time in which a loved one has died. It has given them one less worry during what can be a very difficult and emotional time.

Mr and Mrs Beckett have used the St Barnabas house clearance service on two occasions. They said:

“The St Barnabas staff have been quite superb two difficult occasions. They have helped us immensely and we cannot speak highly enough of them. The attitude shown by them and the ‘can do’ approach has been fantastic.”

Mr Reep, another St Barnabas house clearance customer, added:

“Staff at St Barnabas were extremely helpful, polite and most of all understood the situation. Although the situation for me was upsetting, they made it a lot easier to deal with.”

The Hospice offers a full house clearance, which includes the packaging and removal of all saleable items, recycling of un-saleable items and clearance of lofts, garages and sheds. Each clearance will be priced according to individual requirements and for an additional fee, the charity will provide a cleaning service.

St Barnabas also offers a partial house clearance service, where the team assesses a property for saleable items and then arranges a convenient time for the safe removal of these.

The money raised from the house clearance service is vital in helping the Hospice to care for and support more people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

Dane Jakins, Logistics Manager at St Barnabas, said:

“Our house clearance team are professionally trained staff and volunteers who will clear properties of any size with the care and respect they deserve. People can rest assured that their possessions will be well looked after by the team.

“We have 26 charity shops across Lincolnshire where we will sell all saleable items. Everything else will be recycled, where possible.

For further information about the house clearance service, contact 01522 559 500 or email houseclearances@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

Spalding Hospice shop launches unique coffee blend

St Barnabas Hospice have launched a unique coffee blend at their integrated shop and café in Spalding.

This week, St Barnabas have launched ‘Blend 35’ – a unique coffee blend created in celebration of their 35th birthday year, at their first ever shop and café in Spalding.

Working in partnership with Stokes Coffee, St Barnabas have created this delicious coffee in both bean and ground format. It will be used to make a variety of coffees in their new Spalding café, as well as being sold at the Hospice’s 26 charity shops across Lincolnshire.

Blend 35 is described as a combination of Brazilian, Colombian, Peruvian and Indian cherry beans, show roasted to give a well-rounded, smooth flavour with a fruity kick. The beans used in the blend are certified by the Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation.

To mark the launch of this new coffee blend, St Barnabas Chief Executive, Chris Wheway, visited the Spalding café to try his hand at becoming a barista for the day. Thanks to a wonderful training session from Stephen Spence, Sales Manager from Stokes, Chris learned how to pour the perfect cappuccino, froth milk for a latte, and how to get the right crema on top of an espresso shot. He even had a go at serving some customers.

Chris said:

“This training session has opened my eyes to just how much effort goes into making a cup of coffee. I will now be able to visit other coffee shops and understand what the baristas are doing behind the counter!

“I’m impressed with the hard work that went into putting such a brilliantly tasting blend together, and hope that it will prove popular with the coffee drinkers of Lincolnshire.”

This training session has ticked off yet another of Chris’s 35 challenges which he is undertaking this year for the Hospice’s 35th birthday. View the video of Chris in training here: https://youtu.be/f7_Hov6DXRc

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager at St Barnabas, said:

“So far, our coffee has been a hit with the people of Spalding, so we are delighted that people all across Lincolnshire will now be able to purchase it in their local charity shop.

“Stokes Coffee has done a magnificent job in helping us to create this blend, and the training has given our staff a wonderful insight into the history behind the coffee they’re making too.”

Blend 35 is served in a variety of coffees at the new Spalding shop and café at 19 Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SU. From next week, it can also be purchased in bags from the 26 St Barnabas charity shops across Lincolnshire, at £4.99 per bag.

People using the Spalding café can also get their hands on a St Barnabas loyalty card, which gives them a free hot drink every time they purchase nine hot drinks.

For further information about Blend 35 or the Spalding shop and café, contact Caroline Peach on 01522 559 517 or email caroline.peach@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Harry Potter shop set to open on Lincoln High Street

St Barnabas Hospice are opening a pop-up Harry Potter shop on Lincoln High Street.

On Friday 20th October, from 10am, St Barnabas Hospice will open up their Harry Potter pop-up shop at their High Street North shop in Lincoln (just below The Strait), selling official Harry Potter merchandise.

With the Patron of their Hospice being famous Harry Potter actor, Warwick Davis, it seems appropriate to embrace the Harry Potter craze to raise more money for the Hospice. Warwick played both Professor Flitwick and Griphook the Goblin in the movies.

Some of the merchandise on sale include: mugs, keyrings, notebooks, decorative boxes, street signs, replica wands and even replica broomsticks of the Nimbus 2000 and Firebolt.

The window of the shop has also been transformed to include mannequins dressed in wizarding robes, and even features Hedwig the owl. Due to the need to set up for the big launch, the charity shop will be closed on Thursday 19th October.

Emma-Jayne Parker, New Goods Buyer for St Barnabas said:

“We’re so excited to launch this new venture, which was agreed after such a successful Steampunk pop-up shop in September.

“Just like the Steampunk pop-up, we’d love it if shoppers were to come dressed in their best wizarding robes and house scarves.

“It’s great that we’ve managed to get our hands on the official merchandise, and even movie replica props such as wands and broomsticks. We’ve got such a wide range of stock that people will be hard pushed for choice!

“We’re urging Harry Potter fans to come from far and wide to visit this shop and help us to raise some much needed money for hospice care in Lincolnshire. Without wonderful people spending their money in our shops, we wouldn’t be able to support and care for people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness across Lincolnshire.”

The pop-up shop opens on Friday 20th October at 10am, and is set to stay open until the Christmas Market in Lincoln, which runs from 7th – 10th December.

For further information about the merchandise on offer, contact Emma-Jayne Parker on 01522 559 500 or email emma-jayne.parker@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

New St Barnabas Hospice shop and cafe to open in Spalding this Saturday

The first ever St Barnabas Hospice café is set to launch on Saturday, alongside the opening of their relocated Spalding shop

St Barnabas Hospice are all set to open their shop and café in the Market Place, Spalding on Saturday 19th August, 11am. The St Barnabas shop has moved from New Road, Spalding and will take residence within the Grade II listed building that was formerly home to The White Hart Hotel.

The new venture is set to become the charity’s flagship store in the south of the county, and will be officially opened by the Rt Hon. John Hayes MP. The current shop on New Road in Spalding will close after 30 successful years, with volunteers moving to the new premises.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are extremely thankful for the hard work that has been put in over the past 30 years by our team of staff and volunteers at the Spalding shop. It is through their hard work and dedication that we were able to embark on this new venture, and I am sure they will continue to work alongside new staff members and volunteers to help make our shop and café a success.

“It is exciting to be able to bring a Grade II listed building back into use, and we have worked closely with AM2 Architects and the council to ensure we protect the heritage of this beautiful and iconic building.

“There have even been some famous people who stayed there when it was a hotel, including Mary, Queen of Scots and French writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau!”

The café will have room for 30 people at any one time, and will serve drinks and light bites made from locally-sourced produce, including Stokes coffee and Pipers crisps. Food and drink can be eaten in or taken away from the café, and there is even the option for people to book an afternoon tea, which will be served daily from 2pm.

The café is set to open daily from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and is located at the back of the shop which will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. It is hoped that the revenue generated from this new venture will go some way towards the £5.5 million that is required each year to ensure the Hospice can continue to deliver its services across Lincolnshire.

Spread across 2,000 sq. ft., the shop will stock a mix of ladies, men’s and children’s clothes, in addition to books, music, toys and household items. There is a large book and media section located next to the café, where customers can stop and browse with a coffee. The shop will also sell new merchandise including handbags, accessories and gift ideas, alongside St Barnabas scratch cards.

Caroline Peach said:

“We would be delighted if members of the local community came to join us this Saturday for the launch of the shop and café. Barnabas Bear will be making an appearance to meet and greet children, and we have some Barnabas Bear colouring sheets to keep the little ones occupied!

“The shop and café will both be open on the launch day, so we urge as many people as possible to join us and be part of St Barnabas history.”

For more information about the new Spalding shop and café, call Caroline Peach on 01522 559 517 or email caroline.peach@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

Spalding volunteer recruitment drive launched as Hospice’s new shop and café is set for opening

The new Spalding shop and café building

A recruitment drive has been launched ahead of the opening of the new St Barnabas shop and café in Spalding

Lincoln, 13th June 2017 – St Barnabas Hospice, who is working on an exciting new project to open their new shop and café this summer, is looking to tap into the county’s pool of retail expertise to fill volunteer retail assistant posts.

The charity is currently recruiting a manager for the new flagship store in the south of the county, and is now aiming to draw upon local volunteers to add to the retail team.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We’re looking for people who already have relevant experience working in retail, or wish to gain new skills and meet people. It is an exciting opportunity to join a local charity and really make a difference in the community.

“This is an exciting venture, which offers new recruits the chance to work at the heart of their community in a fast-growing company.”

The new shop will take residence within the Grade II listed building in the Market Place, that was formerly home to The White Hart Hotel. Spread across 2,000 sq ft, the shop will stock a mix of fashion, including vintage and retro pieces. There will also be plenty of books, music and household items available to purchase, as well as handbags, accessories and gift ideas.

As a retail assistant volunteer, you will provide quality customer service to members of the public who purchase from and donate to the St Barnabas shops, as well as supporting the retail department in raising funds to help the work of the Hospice.

For further details about these retail vacancies, please contact Caroline Peach at caroline.peach@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or on 01522 559 517.

Lincolnshire Hospice is urgently appealing for volunteers countywide

Retail volunteer in Lincoln High Street shop

St Barnabas Hospice is in urgent need of more volunteers to work in shops across Lincolnshire

St Barnabas Hospice, who currently has over 1,100 volunteers, is on the lookout for more people to donate their time and volunteer in one of 26 shops across the county.

The St Barnabas shops wouldn’t be able to function without the support of dedicated and hard-working volunteers, and this is a great opportunity for people to boost their CV, learn a new skill or even make new friends.

Particular areas of concern for St Barnabas are Alford, Boston, Louth, Lincoln, Skegness and Spilsby. These areas are in greater need of more voluntary support from the local community. Additionally, St Barnabas is opening a new shop and café in Spalding in mid- late July, and will be looking to draw upon the help of volunteers to really make this a success.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“This is such a brilliant chance to join a local charity and really make a difference in the community.

“Our volunteers are all amazing, and they really do help us to ensure that individuals in Lincolnshire receive dignified and compassionate end-of-life care when they need it.”

As retail assistant volunteers, successful applicants will provide quality customer service to members of the public who purchase from and donate to the St Barnabas shops, as well as supporting the retail department in raising funds to help the work of the Hospice.

Volunteering opportunities with St Barnabas are available to anyone aged 16 and over, however those aged 14+ can also volunteer as part of a Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For further details about volunteering, please contact The People Development Team at volunteering@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or on 01522 518 221

St Barnabas Hospice to open new shop and cafe in Spalding

The new shop and cafe will take residence at 19 Market Place, Spalding

The first ever St Barnabas Hospice café is set to open this summer with the launch of their new Spalding shop

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice have unveiled plans to open a shop and café on the Market Place in Spalding. The new shop will take residence within the Grade II listed building that was formerly home to The White Hart Hotel.

The new venture is set to become the charity’s flagship store in South Lincolnshire when it opens at the end of July. Their current shop on New Road in Spalding is set to close after 30 years, with volunteers moving to the new premises.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“This is a really exciting time for us as we work with local architects to bring our shop to life; we are also working closely with the conservation department to ensure that we protect the heritage of this beautiful and iconic building.

“What makes this launch even more exciting is the opening of our first ever café which will be found towards the back of the store. We are always looking for new ways to help generate the money needed to be able to continue to deliver our care and services across the county.

“The café will have space for 30 seats and will serve drinks and light bites made from locally-sourced produce including Stokes coffee and Pipers crisps. We hope that our café will become a central part of the local community and will receive as much support as our shops across the county do.”

Spread across 2,000 sq ft the shop will stock a mix of fashion including vintage and retro pieces in addition to books, music, and household items. The shop will also sell new merchandise including handbags, accessories and gift ideas.

The shop and café will open six days a week and it is hoped that the revenue generated will go some way towards the £5.5million that is required each year to ensure the hospice can continue to deliver its services.

Caroline Peach said:

“We are appealing to our local community to donate their time and help in the running of our new shop. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation and we depend of their selfless dedication to be able to deliver our hospice services across the county.

“Volunteering is a wonderful way for people to learn new skills, boost their CV and give something back to their community. All of our volunteers receive training and hands-on experience within the retail industry.”

For more information about volunteering contact 01522 518 221 or email volunteering@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

St Barnabas Hospice launches House Clearance Service

Local hospice launches house clearance service to give unwanted possessions a good home

St Barnabas Hospice have launched a professional house clearance service to help raise vital funds for patients and their families living with a terminal illness across Lincolnshire.

The charity has been developing the initiative for several months after response to growing public demand.

Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We have been developing and testing this service for the past year and have been inundated with requests. This is a service that can really benefit our community and help to support the care our hospice teams deliver.”

The charity has already received high praise for their house clearance service from the customers who were among the first to use it.

Mr Clarke, a customer in Lincoln, said: “We were very pleased with the efficiency of this service and it all went seamlessly. The staff worked with us and we felt included in the process at every stage. St Barnabas was so understanding and helpful, at what was, a very difficult time for us.”

Mrs Wright, from Surrey, said: “I was left a property in Lincoln which I was preparing to sell. Living in Surrey; it was so reassuring to know I could just trust St Barnabas to take care of everything.”

St Barnabas Hospice will offer a full house clearance which will include the packing and removal of all saleable items, recycling of un-saleable items and the clearance of lofts, garages and sheds. Each clearance will be priced according to individual requirements and for an additional fee the charity will provide a cleaning service.

St Barnabas will also offer a partial house clearance service where their team will assess a property for saleable items and then arrange a convenient time for the safe removal of these items.

Caroline adds: “Our customers can rest assured that their possessions will be well looked after by our house clearance team who are trained, professional staff and volunteers and who will clear properties of any size with the care and respect they deserve.

“Items will be sold through our network of 26 shops across the county and everything else will be recycled wherever possible, with all proceeds supporting St Barnabas to care for local people.”

The house clearance service is available across Lincolnshire.

To find out more about the service, or to book a house clearance, contact 01522 559 500 or email houseclearances@stbarnabashospice.co.uk