St Barnabas Hospice set to receive donations from AmazonSmile

Did you know you we’ve signed up with AmazonSmile? If you switch to shopping through smile.amazon.co.uk instead of amazon.com, they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases straight to us, meaning we can care for more end of life patients and their families in Lincolnshire.

All it takes is to follow these three simple steps clicking on the link below:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.co.uk and sign in with your normal Amazon login or select ‘Create your Amazon account’.
  2. Select ‘St Barnabas Hospice’ in the ‘pick your own charitable organisation’ box on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Accept the box to state you are happy that you must always start at smile.amazon.co.uk to support St Barnabas Hospice.

 

You shop, Amazon gives to us.

St Barnabas Hospice mega store pop-up shop will close at end of May

The St Barnabas Hospice pop-up shop located in the Waterside Shopping Centre is set to close at the end of May

The shop in the Waterside Shopping Centre was originally planned to stay until April, but due to its overwhelming success was asked to remain in place until the end of May. Shoppers only have one more week to search the ‘megastore’ pop-up for a bargain.

The pop-up shop will only be open next week on Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May, from 9am to 5pm. Please note that it is closed on Bank Holiday Monday (27th May).

The charity shop has seen thousands of shoppers browsing preloved clothing, upcycled furniture and Game of Thrones, Avengers and Harry Potter merchandise since February. The St Barnabas Retail team of staff and volunteers have been praised for their professionalism and impeccably kept shop fit.

St Barnabas Hospice will be celebrating the pop-up success with a ‘Moonlight Walk’, flower power themed event for its final days. The Moonlight Walk is the next fundraising event organised by the team at the Hospice. Supporters will be donning their flares in June for two 70’s style walks starting at 10pm, in the moonlight. To find out more and pick up some fundraising ideas of your own, visit the store before Friday 31st May.

Caroline Peach, St Barnabas Hospice Head of Retail, said:

“Dean and the team from the Waterside have been so welcoming and helpful. We have thoroughly enjoyed being here on the High Street and showcasing just what our shops can offer – great brand new and preloved items at amazing prices.  Every shopper can feel happy knowing they are supporting more patients and their families in Lincolnshire with compassionate end-of-life care.

“We have seen a rise in our popularity amongst our high street competitors, as throw away fashion loses its appeal. As a society we are increasingly aware of the benefits of low carbon, environmentally friendly living and we are offering well made, affordable fashion and homeware that ticks the box.

“It is fantastic to see that our bridal collection has fulfilled lots of brides’ dreams and the local children thoroughly enjoyed using in our games and reading area too.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team of staff and volunteers who have tirelessly worked together to make the pop-up shop a success. This will not be our last ‘pop-up’ shop, as we intend to travel the county with this initiative.

Dean Cross, Manager at Waterside Shopping Centre, adds:

“The pop-up shop has been a fantastic success and we think it is the first time that a shopping centre has worked with a charity in this way.

“It’s typical of the proactive relationship that we have with St Barnabas and the pop-up has certainly brought people to the centre, which is great! It has also tapped into the people’s increasing interest in sustainable living. Hopefully, we will see more of this type of initiative in the future as it’s a win-win situation.”

St Barnabas Hospice has 26 shops in total, including their vintage-styled unit on Steep Hill and newly renovated shop and café in Spalding. The shops are one of St Barnabas’s initiatives to fund free, vital end-of-life care for the people of Lincolnshire.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at a shop, or offer support for the Hospice please contact the St Barnabas Recruitment team at recruitment@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/join-our-team

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