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Hospice to begin reopening shops in August

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The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice shops have been closed since the start of lockdown.

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is to begin reopening its shops in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire in August.

From Monday 3 August, four Hospice shops will open their doors after being closed for months during the coronavirus outbreak,

The shops are in Shettleston, Govan, Thornliebank and Rutherglen, and all will have social distancing and enhanced hygiene procedures in place to ensure the safety of shoppers and staff.

As with all Scottish retailers, face masks must be worn inside the shops. The charity is urging people to pay with cards whenever possible, though cash payments will be accepted.

Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our customers back to our retail shops.

“We know from feedback that people have really missed visiting their local hospice shop where they are always warmly welcomed by our staff and volunteers. People are so generous and have missed donating to the hospice through our shops.

“We are opening four shops to begin with as we are determined that the experience of working and shopping in our outlets are as good as they can be. With the phased planned reopening of our shops, we will ensure any learnings or feedback from the first four openings can be used for the reopening of the remaining 12 shops.

“We will have some amazing new stock on offer following our hugely successful drive-thru for donations. We received thousands of items from our supporters and local communities. It’s taken us weeks to sort through everything and make sure everything is cleaned and ready for sale.”

Currently, shops will not be able to accept physical donations but if people have items to donate, they can be accepted at The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, 20 Dumbreck Road, Bellahouston Park or the Hillington Hub, 43 Carlyle Avenue.

Rhona added: “The hospice income has been badly affected during this crisis. We halted all our fundraising activity and with the closure of our retail shops and public cafe, the majority of our income which we need to continue to care for people with terminal and life-limiting illness has greatly reduced. I would urge people to come and visit our shops and support us so we can continue to care for people who need it most.”

 

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