The Rowans Hospice to open 13th charity store in Wickham

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THE Rowans Hospice is to open the doors to its 13th charity store.

A former hardware store in Wickham Village has been divided into separate units – one of which has been taken up by the hospice for the shop.

It will be among the first Warwick Lane developments to open to the public on Monday at 9.30am.

It was able to open quickly following the help of volunteers, who helped fix up the premise.

Carol Pullen, a nurse at the hospice, enlisted the help of husband Steve and friends Helen Enright and Joe McNeil to help fit the shop out.

Together they worked tirelessly fixing racks and shelves, sorting books and steaming clothes so that the shop would be ready on time.

Sarah Williams, who is the newly appointed shop manager, said: ‘We’re so excited and can’t wait to welcome the first customers when we open the doors on Monday morning.

‘I am so grateful to all of the staff and volunteers who have helped prepare the shop and stock to ensure the highest quality retail experience.’

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.

Earlier this year the hospice in Purbrook opened two stores – one in Hayling Island and the other in Leigh Park – which is helping to expand The Rowans Hospice Trading Company.

Amanda Mahoney, PR and communications officer for the hospice, hopes people will come along to the opening.

She said: ‘We’re really proud to be opening our 13th store and hope it will be as successful and well-supported as the others.’

All profits from the trading company goes directly to The Rowans Hospice to fund vital services for people living with life-limiting illnesses across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire.

Any good quality donations can be taken to your nearest The Rowans Hospice shop or to the processing centre at 6a Marshlands Road, Farlington.

Or call the collections line on (023) 9238 3611.

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