Record takings as new hospice shop opens

Joseph Bulmer

Mannequins stripped as shoppers go into a ‘frenzy’ at Bideford charity shop

CHILDREN’S Hospice South West has opened a new charity shop in Bideford.

The Mill Street shop racked up record takings on the day it was officially opened by hospice chief executive and co-founder Eddie Farwell, accompanied by Jo Boyd, from Bideford, whose family uses Little Bridge House at Fremington.

At one point mannequins in the shop window were unclothed as staff tried to keep up with demand for the high quality goods on show.

Sharon Elliott, retail manager, said: “There was something of a shopping frenzy when we opened the doors to the public which continued throughout the day.

“The people of Bideford have made us very welcome and we have received lots of great comments and good feedback from our customers and the local community, which is important to us.”

The hospice now has 11 charity shops throughout the South West, with other branches in Barnstaple, Exeter, Nailsea, Plymouth, Tavistock, Truro, Yeovil, Portishead, Honiton and Wellington.

The Bideford shop is appealing for volunteers to assist with a range of duties so it can keep up with demand and help local families with life-limited children. It is also on the look out for donations of good quality clothing, books, toys, games, CDs, DVDs and more besides.

To donate your unwanted items, simply drop them into the new Bideford shop at 52 Mill Street.