Marie Curie shop open for business again

By Barrie Hudson - 24 July 2020

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Marie Curie has reopened its charity shop in Royal Wootton Bassett after the pandemic closed it for 16 weeks.

The shop in High Street is one of only two in the region to be reopened by the end-of-life charity, and was chosen as its layout allows space for social distancing.

A range of safety measures has been implemented, including the quarantine of donations for a minimum of 48 hours to reduce the risk of contamination, increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations and face coverings for staff and volunteers, as well as floor markings to ensure social distancing.

Entry is limited to two shoppers at a time, and those wishing to make donations are asked to call first on 01793 848 542 to organise a timeslot. 

Shop manager Gerri Cannell said: “It’s great to be back and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers into our store, both regular and new, whilst keeping everyone safe. 

"We ask for patience and understanding if things take a little longer than usual while we meet these new safety measures. 

“Many of us have been sorting and clearing out preloved items from our homes. If you have any quality clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs, CDs, books or homewares, please donate them to Marie Curie - our shops provide a vital income so we can continue providing care and support to dying people and their loved ones.” 

The Marie Curie Information and Support line - 0800 090 2309 - can help with information about all aspects of end of life or grieving, whether the caller has practical, emotional or financial questions or concerns, or they just want someone to talk to. 

Nurses are also available to talk to on the line. For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/support

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