Our supporters, staff and volunteers came together as we opened our 27th shop to the community.
The new Monkmoor store in Shrewsbury is the latest in our portfolio to contribute £1 million towards the care of local families.
It is now the fifth shop we have opened in the town – joining our furniture store, superstore and shops on Mardol and Wyle Cop.
The Mayor of Shrewsbury Councillor Peter Nutting was at hand to cut the ribbon with our chairman Tony Cordery from 10am.
Ross Henderson, head of retail at the charity, urged supporters to continue making donations of stock to the store.
He said: “We’re delighted to open our 27th community shop across the patch and our fifth in Shrewsbury.
“Now we’re right on the doorstep of a popular residential area and if the welcome we’ve already received is anything to go by, it will be a very popular addition to the community.
“As with all our shops, it will develop its own unique character, and will certainly add to the mix of what we’ve got in Shrewsbury: Wyle Cop really has that ‘on the Cop’ boutique feel, our Furniture Store has a specialist offering, our superstore is the largest charity shop in the county and Mardol is very much one of our traditional shops.”
Builders first moved into and started work in the empty unit, next to the Spar shop in Conway Drive, at the beginning of April.
The shop will help us fund comforting care and emotional support for families across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales living with incurable illnesses.
Ross added: “Getting a new shop up and running has a lot of moving parts to coordinate and manage so I’d like to thank and congratulate the many people who’ve worked so hard to get everything ready for our big day.
“We’re still accepting donations and welcome anyone who hasn’t visited the shop to come along and browse some of the fantastic items we have while supporting the work of the hospice.”
Anyone who is interested in joining our new Monkmoor team as a volunteer can find out more here.
Alternatively, call our Volunteer Co-ordinator (Retail), Dawn, on 01952 221376.