We are celebrating after scooping a top industry award. 

We beat off stiff opposition and were named Outstanding Charity Retailer of the Year at the Charity Retail Association awards ceremony. 


The judging panel praised our retail arm for its handling of the COVID pandemic and how we had tackled the crisis. 

Throughout the pandemic, CEO updates were made available so staff could remain in touch , along with skills training, welfare materials and guidance and regular Zoom calls with colleagues. WhatsApp groups were established with all staff and volunteers to keep the teams together during lockdown. Staff and volunteer feedback revealed how valuable this was to individual mental health during this period. 


Ross Henderson, head of retail said: “We are overwhelmed to have won this award and beat off really strong opposition and our win is testament to our amazing staff and volunteers. 

“They have worked so hard and have been the driving force behind our success. Overall, the fear and worry of the pandemic has melted away and has been replaced by a real optimism for the future.” 

We opened our latest shop in Arleston, Telford earlier this month and launched a series of pop-up, one-day flash charity sales.  

Ross added: “When shops reopened in April, all our shops reopened at the same time, on full trading hours. Staff were asked to come back to work just one day before reopening to get the shop ready, so costs were minimised. It’s been great welcoming customers and donors back into our shops. 


“To be recognised for this is amazing. We had an incredibly challenging time during the pandemic, as did everyone else, and we are not out of the woods yet, but we know we are on the right path.” 

Severn Hospice was up against Royal Trinity Hospice, Salvation Army Trading Company, and the British Red Cross to win the title. 

Jeanette Whitford our chair of Trustees added: “This is a brilliant achievement and well-deserved recognition for everyone who has worked so hard in an extraordinary time. The Trustees are very proud of the staff and volunteers running our retail section. They truly deserve this prestigious award for the way they enabled our retail outlets to thrive and bring in the income that Severn Hospice needs.” 


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