St Giles Hospice will be celebrating its fifth anniversary of fundraising in Bloxwich with a special 10 per cent discount on everything for sale in its town centre superstore next Wednesday (November 28).
The High Street charity shop and furniture store opened in 2013 and has been helping to fund the work of St Giles – which cares for people with a potentially incurable illness and their families – ever since.
Shop manager Marie Miner, who has worked at the shop since it opened, said she was delighted to be able to celebrate the special date with local shoppers and added that the generosity of Bloxwich people had helped the superstore to thrive.
She said: “I’d like to say a really big thank you to every one of our customers. Our store is a really happy and friendly place and I’d say 90 per cent of our customers are people who come back to us time and time again.
“The whole Bloxwich community is so loyal, perhaps because we are the local shop to St Giles Hospice, Walsall. It’s amazing the support we’ve had from this town. The people of Bloxwich are so caring and generous with their donations and, of course, we couldn’t run the shop without the support of our dedicated volunteers.
“Often people who come in to the shop have a tale to tell about how St Giles has helped their family or looked after somebody they’ve known. Most of our shoppers and volunteers seem to have a personal interest in the success of the hospice and it’s wonderful to be part of such a supportive community.”
Lynwen Truesdale, St Giles Head of Retail, said that every sale made at the Bloxwich shop helps the charity to meet the £9m it needs to raise each year to fund the services it offers to patients, carers and families throughout the region.
She added: “St Giles could not do the work it does without the support of all of the people who give their free time to the charity and help out at our shops.
“We’d be delighted to hear from anybody who would like to help out at our St Giles Hospice shops in the future. 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, make new friends and make a real difference in the local community.”
Anyone interested in volunteering in a St Giles Hospice shop can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.