Hospice prepares to reopen charity shops

St. Josephs Hospice has announced that it will reopen six of its largest charity shops from Monday 13th July and is asking local people to donate any good quality items they no longer need.

The charity will also resume its free furniture collection service and will be taking bookings over the phone from Monday 29th June.

Hospice retail manger, Jo Rigby-Clare said: “We are very excited to be in a position to reopen some of our shops but this will be a gradual and phased process as we adjust to stringent new safety and social distancing measures to protect our staff and customers.”

The hospice will open its largest shops first, as they have more space for social distancing. This will include St. Joseph’s Hospice shops in Walton Vale, Netherton, Crosby and County Road as well as its furniture shops in Warbreck and Kensington.

Jo continued: “More than ever, we really need donations for our shops so that we can restock them in preparation for this reopening. We will also be introducing a 72-hour quarantine period for all donations.

“Donations can be dropped off at our Warbreck Moor Furniture shop from Monday 6th July and we will be taking telephone bookings for our free furniture collection service from Monday 29th June.

“This is very much a phased approach and, as soon as we can, we will open our other shops too. We will be operating our shops with limited staff at first, and without the support of our usual teams of volunteers, so we are asking people to be patient while we adjust to these changes.”

The hospice would welcome any donations of clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, books, games, DVDs, bric a brac, *furniture and even electrical items and white goods that are in full working order.

Parking is available for donation drop offs at the Warbreck Moor shop and the hospice plans to open additional donation drop off points over the coming weeks.

To book a *furniture collection, please call 0151 525 3072 from Monday 29th June.

The hospice can only collect items which it can sell so they must be in a good, clean condition and in full working order.

*All soft furnishings, such as sofas, mattresses or upholstered items, must have a fire label sewn in which meets the British Standards Specification for Fire Safety.