Bookshop set up on online marketplace

18th February 2020

A new online store has been launched to sell rare, collectable and antique titles donated to a hospice bookshop.

Since launching a shop on the online marketplace ABE Books, St Richard’s Hospice has sold titles to customers around the world – all from its store in Tewkesbury.

The charity currently has more than 160 fiction and non-fiction titles listed – including a 1938 edition of The Wind in the Willows worth £200.

Dan Payne, manager at the hospice’s Tewkesbury bookshop, said: “We get a lot of incredibly valuable and rare books donated – and to achieve the right value in the shop would be very difficult.

“We are incredibly lucky with the donations we receive. The quality of the donations here astounds me on a daily basis. What we are doing with this shop is maximising the value of what we are given.”

In the past month alone, around £1,000 worth of books has been sold through the marketplace. Books have been sold to people from across the world – including Australia, Russia, Germany and America.

The money raised by selling the donated books help fund the hospice’s free care to patients living with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

The charity’s bookshop in Tewkesbury stocks a wide range of books on a variety of subjects, ranging from history and science to children’s literature.

There are book departments at other branches of St Richard’s charity shops, including at its St Swithin’s Street store in Worcester, and in Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Droitwich, Evesham and Upton.

To see what’s listed in the hospice’s online bookshop, visit

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

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