Hospice shop to welcome back customers

Preparations are under way at a local hospice to re-open their popular furniture shop to help raise vital income for the care, support and compassion they are providing throughout the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Later this week, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice are hoping to welcome back customers to their Furniture Shop, located on Madford Retail Park, Carlisle. The Furniture Shop, along with the hospice’s shops in Carlisle, Penrith, Wigton, Brampton an online closed their doors in early March.

The closure of the shops coupled with the cancellation of many fundraising events has resulted in a drastic downturn in income at a time when the need for the hospice’s specialist compassion and care is increasing. In line with government regulations Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are hoping to re-open the Carlisle Furniture Shop on Wednesday 17 June.

Anne Hall, Retail Manager, explained

“The closure of our shops has significantly impacted the income of the hospice. Every day our amazing hospice supporters and the local community help to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospice by shopping and donating to our shops.

“In recent weeks and following strict social distancing guidelines, we have been able to re-open our eBay shop with the support of some of the great team of volunteers. We are now looking forward to welcoming back customers and supporters to our Furniture Shop.”

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are hoping to open further shops in the coming weeks. However, the charity will be introducing strict guidelines and some new measures in order to protect their staff, volunteers and customers.

Pauline Wigham, Furniture Shop Manager, explained

“We have been working hard in recent weeks to make the shop suitable and safe to re-open. We have changed the layout of the shop and will be introducing a one-way system to help with social distancing, plus we have made changes to the stock rooms to help protect our staff and volunteers.

“The till has been fitted with a screen to protect our staff, volunteers and customers. We are asking customers to maintain a 2-metre distance whilst in the shop and if customers are feeling unwell we would ask them to stay away to help protect our staff, volunteers and supporters and return when they are feeling better.”

Similar safety measures will be introduced into the remaining Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw shops as they begin to open in the coming weeks and months. The local charity is now calling on the local community to make a difference and help with the re-opening of the hospice shops. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available within the shops, providing people with the opportunity to make a difference and support their local community.

Anne continued,

“We really need the help of our local community to make the re-opening of the shops possible. Volunteers really are at the heart of what we do in all our shops and we cannot wait to welcome them all back to our shops, but there are still opportunities for you to join our team. If you have been furloughed from work of just have a few hours a week spare over the coming months we would love to hear from you.”

The Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Furniture Shop will initially be open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm, with the situation being reviewed and updated to ensure the safety of all customers, staff and volunteers.

During this time the Furniture Shop will be unable to accept any donations at the shop. If you have any items which you would like to donate please contact the Furniture Shop directly on 01228 549473.