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Hospice opens vintage pop-up shop as retail returns

 

Carol Smillie opened the new store in George Street, Glasgow

As shops open their doors today (Monday 26 April), Glasgow will see the newest addition to The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice network of shops with a vintage destination shop right in the heart of the city.

Hospice ambassador and television personality, Carol Smillie was on hand to open the doors for the first time of Glasgow’s newest vintage pop-up shop.

She said: “This is so exciting to be at the opening of such a unique shop. There really is something for everyone, from antique ornaments to vintage dresses and handbags.

“I am looking forward to spending a few hours just looking through everything they have to offer. Everything is vintage or collectible and you just don’t find items like these in high street shops. It’s a real treasure trove of interesting and rare finds.”

The pop-up shop at 88 George Street in Glasgow is the newest addition to The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice shops. Currently, the hospice has 16 shops throughout the city - from Clarkston to Kirkintilloch. The shops, which have been closed since the end of December, are eager to welcome back their loyal customers who help support the work of the hospice through their purchases.

Rhona Baillie, chief executive of the hospice, said: “It costs £13,500 a day to keep the hospice open to care for people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families. Our staff provide compassionate and specialist care for people both in their own homes and here at the hospice in our inpatient unit.

“As a charity we are only part-funded for providing this care by the NHS so we need to continue to raise thousands of pounds each and every day to continue providing our services. Our retail shops are a crucial way in which we raise funds. Thanks to the generosity of people donating unwanted items to the hospice, we are then able to sell these in our shops with all profits coming directly to the hospice. 

“But we also know how much people value our hospice shops as part of their community. Our shops are situated throughout Glasgow on local high streets making it easier for people to buy low-cost items during these difficult times.”

All 16 shops will reopen on Monday 26 April, with the exception of the shop in Thornliebank which is undergoing some renovations. All shops will have refreshed stock available, and managers and volunteers will be delighted to welcome customers old and new. 

Social distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place in each shop with hand sanitizer available. Face masks must be worn by customers while inside. Card payments will be preferred but payment can still be made by cash.

People can also help support Glasgow’s Hospice during these difficult times by making an online donation.

 

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