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.”