15th March 2016

Hospice shop celebrates birthday in style

The team at St Richard’s Hospice is celebrating the success of the charity’s dress agency in Malvern with a fifth birthday party next month.

The Déjà Vu store in Belle View Terrace will be marking the anniversary on Friday and Saturday 25th and 26th March from 9.30-5.30.

The innovative store has seen its popularity grow and is now run by shop manager Jenny Luke with a team of 15 dedicated volunteers. The shop gives individuals the chance to sell high end clothing and receive some money back while a percentage supports the services of St Richard’s.

Jenny Luke said, “We have hundreds of agency clients selling their items through us and we have a fantastic range of famous brands such as Barbour, Harris Tweed, Liberty, Toast, Burberry and many more for our customers to buy.  It’s a win, win situation with the seller making some money from a pre-loved item and St Richard’s raising money to help support patients and families.”

She added, “It’s a treasure trove here with many customers coming back again and again because they know they will find something desirable. For example we’re currently selling a beautiful vintage Jean Patou 1960s opera coat and have a lovely selection of handbags from Ralph Lauren, Celine and The Bridge to Tod’s.”

malvern shop volunteers Heather Taylor and Sarah Muffet“We are looking forward to welcoming current and new customers to help us celebrate our fifth birthday with cake and party food and the chance to win a £20 gift voucher. “

The dress agency also houses a vintage and retro clothing selection. Anyone wishing to sell items through the shop  needs to make an appointment on 01684 577890 or by visiting the store.

Anyone keen to volunteer a few hours a week is asked to call into the shop to chat with the manager about the volunteer opportunities available.

High street shops are a charity’s face within the community and last year the hospice’s 18 shops across Worcestershire achieved a turnover of £2.37 million by selling good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, books and furniture donated by local people.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.