The new charity shop opened by Prospect Hospice at Toothill in early December is appealing for support from customers and volunteers as it looks forward to establishing itself in 2014.
Run by manager Jodie Prescott, who lives in Toothill, and Amy Bracey, from Old Town, pictured, the shop offers good quality clothes, toys, small household items, bric-a-brac and books. And to keep stock fresh, they are appealing for donations of the same, as well as larger items such as furniture, which can be displayed in bigger shops in the group.
Jodie said residents had welcomed the shop. “Even though there is a Prospect outlet at West Swindon Centre, it’s a bit too far for a lot of older people.
“And there are a lot of young mums in Toothill who say they like browsing through the clothes rails.
“We’ve had many really nice comments about how the shop is presented and lots of donations – about five bags a day.
“We had quite a lot of unwanted gifts within a few days of Christmas. And customers like our prices; 99 per cent of our stock is under £5.”
The shop opened with five volunteers, but Amy explained that lots of people are needed who are able to offer two or three hours a week to keep the shop running smoothly.
It is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Drop in and find out more, call 01793 614513 or email Toothill@prospect-hospice.net.
Many ways to help the hospice
Prospect Hospice is asking people from the 300,000-strong community it serves to renew their support in 2014 through a range of activities and initiatives.
The Wroughton-based charity is looking for new box collectors, has organised a 10K run in February and a fundraising walk in March, and is offering talks to groups to spread the word about fundraising activities.
The Prospect Box scheme raises around £90,000 each year from people who donate loose change at home or via businesses.
Volunteers are needed to visit homes or businesses twice-yearly to collect the donations. The role, which suits people who are outgoing, energetic and friendly, asks for just a few hours a year, but is a key part of the charity’s operation.
For the more energetic, the Prospect Hospice 10k, an off-road event for runners of all abilities, takes place on Sunday 16 February.
For a more gentle, family-focused event, register for the Walk of Memories, at Buscot Park, near Faringdon, on Sunday 9 March.
People are needed to explain the charity’s work by giving talks at clubs, community groups, businesses and schools.
• Prospect Hospice is the only provider of dedicated end-of-life care in our community, bringing confidence, comfort and care to patients and their families for over thirty years. It relies on fundraising and donations for over 70 per cent of its £5.8m annual running costs.