After a year of planning, St Barnabas Hospice officially opened its brand-new charity shop, The Warehouse, to the public, in February.
The Hospice’s new flagship store, created at the charity’s existing warehouse on Cardinal Close, Lincoln, has been designed with accessibility and sustainability in mind. The repurposed building offers shoppers a fantastic preloved shopping experience, a base for the Hospice’s eBay and Depop activities and an easy drop-off point for donated items.
Emma-Jayne Parker, Superstore and eCommerce Manager, who will be running the new store, said: “As a Hospice, we have decided to create The Warehouse to capitalise on the success of our charity shops across the county and to create a destination retail experience for our already generous supporters.
“The Warehouse will retain a sense of the £1 element which has been popular in other shops, as well as featuring designer and high street fashion at affordable prices, upcycled furniture, homewares, books, toys, bric-a-brac and more.
“We have been working to make this a welcome space for all and have ensured there are disabled parking bays, a ramp entrance, neutral flooring, spacious changing room and low level, ground floor shopping. All staff and volunteers will also have access to Dementia Friends training.”
The shop is open all year round, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Initially, the Hospice expects the shop to be particularly busy and asks supporters to be patient and considerate when shopping. This includes holding onto donated items for a few days before bringing them in.
Free parking is available both on the premises and on Cardinal Close; however, the Hospice has requested supporters who are able to walk or catch public transport during this initial busy period to do so. Delivery of large-item purchases such as furniture can be arranged for a fee.
The Donation Drive-Thru will no longer operate from the Cardinal Close premises. Supporters are encouraged to ‘Book and Bring’ their donated items to The Warehouse, which they can drop off at The Warehouse’s dedicated Donation Station just inside the entrance.
“We are asking supporters to focus on quality over quantity when it comes to donations and to bring a maximum of four bags or boxes of donations at a time.”
Please visit https://stbarnabashospice.co.
Emma also adds that the opening of The Warehouse also provides the Hospice with more exciting volunteer opportunities; “We have opportunities supporting the Online Sales Manager with eBay and Depop, as well as opportunities working in The Warehouse to sort donated items, restock shelves and serve customers. If you are interested, please do visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/
St Barnabas Hospice is a local independent charity and every year they support more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire. They deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, their family and carers. St Barnabas offers the patient and their family hospice care and support via: specialist inpatient care, care at home, day therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, welfare advice and bereavement support. All the services are free. St Barnabas needs to raise over £6m a year to provide its support and care. Over 900 volunteers play a crucial role in the charity’s success.