Make volunteering at a St Giles Hospice shop your New Year’s resolution

Thursday, 20th December 2018

ST GILES HOSPICE is calling on people to make volunteering at one of its shops their New Year’s resolution for 2019 – to make a real difference to the lives of families throughout the region.

The hospice, which helps to care for people living with a potentially incurable illness and their families, currently has 30 shops across the area and a distribution centre in Shenstone, near Lichfield. A new shop will be opening in Burntwood in the spring.

Lynwen Truesdale, St Giles Head of Retail, said that the charity needed to raise £9m each year to fund the services it offers to patients, carers and families – and every sale made at the hospice’s shops contributed towards hitting this total.

She said: “St Giles Hospice could not do the work it does without the support of all of the people who give all the free time they can to help out at our shops. We have approaching 750 dedicated shop volunteers who make a real difference to the lives of the people we help, but the amount of time they can give us varies and we need as many people as possible to help as we expand our network of shops.

“New Year is traditionally a time when people take stock of their lives and start planning for the year ahead, and we’d be delighted to hear from anybody who would like to try something new and help out at our hospice shops in the future – especially if they would like to join the team at our new Burntwood shop.”

Lynwen said that St Giles could offer a wide range of roles in its retail operation as well as serving customers in its shops.

“We really do have something to suit everyone’s interests and experiences,” she added. “We have a dedicated eBay department, distribution centre, finance department, administration, bought goods department, bridal boutique, vintage department and an expanding furniture business”.

“Volunteering offers people a great way to discover new skills, gain work experience and learn how to interact effectively with customers. It’s also a wonderful way to meet people and make new friends.

“We have a range of shops across our catchment area from Burton and Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Dudley and from Atherstone to Rugeley and Cannock, so nobody will find themselves too far away from a volunteering opportunity.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at a St Giles Hospice shop can pop into their local shop or contact shopsinfo@stgileshospiceshops.org.uk for further details.

For more information about St Giles and the care it provides, please visit www.stgileshospice.com