New hospice store hopes residents give generously

GRAND OPENING From left: Honorary Chairman of Trustees Ian Young, Gosport Furniture Shop Manager John Carre, Mayor and Mayoress Keith and June Farr
GRAND OPENING From left: Honorary Chairman of Trustees Ian Young, Gosport Furniture Shop Manager John Carre, Mayor and Mayoress Keith and June Farr
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FOLLOWING the success of its store in Cosham, the Rowans Hospice opened a second furniture store last weekend.

The new shop in Stoke Road, Gosport, was opened by Mayor of Gosport Keith Farr and his wife June.

As the demand for the hospice’s services has increased over the past few years, the need for donations of furniture has grown, meaning the voluntary group has had to expand.

The new Gosport furniture shop has an excellent selection of good quality second-hand furniture and also a full complement of volunteers from the local community who are looking forward to welcoming shoppers through the doors of the store.

The hospice regularly receives quality donations of furniture, and this shop will provide another outlet for these donations.

Director of income generation and communications at Rowans Hospice, Anne Yendell, hopes that the new store will act as the charity’s central hub for everything that is happening in the area.

She said: ‘Our shops play a key role in the way that we connect with our community.

‘They not only provide a focal point for donations and shopping, but also for obtaining information about our hospice services and support.

‘All the profits from all our shops go straight back to the hospice, which in turn provides care and support for local people affected by life-limiting illnesses.’

It costs the Rowans Hospice £5.2 million each year to provide hospice care and to ensure the hospice building and grounds are well maintained, offering patients with life-limiting illnesses a haven for rest and recuperation.

The charity relies on the generosity of the local community to help out in many ways and is constantly looking for new volunteers to help.

Volunteers at the new store were delighted to welcome the first wave of customers to the store, when Cllr Farr cut the ribbon at the grand opening for this exciting new step for the charity.

For more information about Rowans Hospice, visit www.rowanshospice.co.uk or call 023 9224 8004.