A crowd gathered for the St Wilfrid’s Hospice shop re-opening in Hailsham today (Friday 2nd June). The shop in the Quintins Centre has had a complete refit over the last two weeks and is looking better than ever.

Hospice Development Director, Pam Russell, cut the ribbon to officially open the new store, which features a brand new department for children, a denim section, as well as clothing, accessories and homeware.

St Wilfrid’s Head of Retail, Jackie Gordon, said: ‘Our shops are very much a focal point in a community, and it’s a good way to reach those who have a connection with the charity.

‘Donors are very supportive of what we’re doing and can achieve, and they help raise vital funds for the hospice. We have an excellent team of volunteers here and Heather has been a brilliant manager, especially during this re-fit process.

‘I’ve heard people saying this is the best charity shop they’ve ever been in, which is fantastic to hear.’

Shop Manager, Heather Reece, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled with the re-fit – it’s like a new shop! It supports the hospice and the Hailsham community.’

The shop is open between 9.15am and 4.45pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sunday. Donations are always welcome.

This week is Volunteers’ Week 2023 (1st-7th June), so we took the opportunity to ask one of the shop’s volunteers, Heather Fulford, about her role. ‘I took early retirement and was a bit bored, so when I saw a notice in the hospice shop window, I came in. The manager said why don’t you have a trial now. I did – and 12 years later I’m still here! I like that it’s a local charity, and I’ve made good friendships. I would encourage other people to volunteer.’