St Barnabas charity shop in Gainsborough forced to close

The shop on Church Street in Gainsborough

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice’s charity shop in Gainsborough is being forced to close at the end of August, after 6 years of trading.

The shop, located on Church Street, will close its doors for the final time by Wednesday 31st August, after the shop made significant losses over the past two years.

Phil Brandon, Head of Trading at St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“Unfortunately despite our best efforts, the shop has been making a loss for some time and we have taken the difficult decision to close.

“The footfall in our shop has continued to decrease over the last two years which has led to a significant fall in sales, making this no longer financially viable for the hospice.

“We are grateful to the Gainsborough community for their support of our shop over the past six years and to our team of staff and volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to our hospice.”

The charity’s services are delivered to the Gainsborough community from their flagship day hospice, George Henderson Lodge in Morton. The unit provides a base for their community nursing teams, day therapy and bereavement support services.

Nicky Ingall, General Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“Our commitment to provide our care and services within the Gainsborough community remains unchanged and we have recently increased our services to meet the growing needs of the area.

“Our Day Therapy service is now offered weekly, a new physiotherapy suite has been created and a physiotherapist has been employed to ensure greater access in this area.

“We remain committed to supporting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families and providing them with the highest possible standard of care.”

With an ageing and growing population, there are more and more people living in Lincolnshire with life-limiting illnesses – ranging from cancer, to lung and heart conditions, to dementia – requiring the range of personalised services that the St Barnabas team provides from its George Henderson base.

The unit is the headquarters for St Barnabas’s local Hospice at Home team, which supports people with advanced illnesses to be cared for in the familiar surroundings of their home and to die there if that is their wish.

Phil Brandon added: “Every person that has donated their belongings to us, bought items and volunteered in our shop has hugely contributed to helping hundreds of people with a terminal health condition to receive the care and support they need.

Phil concludes: “We hope they will continue to support us in whatever way they can.”

The community can continue to donate their belongs to a collection point at George Henderson Lodge, Front Street, Morton DN21 3AA.

For further information please contact enquiries@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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