New shop van on the road!
On 1 August St Clare celebrated putting our new shop donations van on the road. As part of a new furniture donation drive, we are currently seeking a local business to sponsor the cost of the new van graphics – in return for advertising space on the van.
The new van is vital in ensuring the retail arm of the charity runs efficiently – with the drivers covering more than 18,000 miles every year across West Essex and East Herts, collecting donations and making deliveries to our eight shops. St Clare also offers a free furniture collection service across our catchment area, with the sale of donated furniture making a vital contribution to the retail team’s half a million pound annual target.
Commenting on the new van, St Clare Hospice’s Head of Retail, Fiona Eaton, said: “We are delighted to have our new van on the road and are eager to encourage more local people to donate their good quality furniture to us. The van travels up and down West Essex and East Herts – from Saffron Walden, Thaxted and Dunmow in the north of our patch, to Bishop’s Stortford, Epping, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill in the south. Donations of furniture are an absolutely vital source of income for St Clare, and our new van and online booking facility will make it easier than ever before to donate your quality items of furniture to St Clare.”
Speaking about the opportunity to sponsor the van, Fiona Eaton said: “Our van travels more than 18,000 miles around West Essex and East Herts every year – offering the perfect advertising opportunity for a local business, big or small, to get their logo displayed across the patch. The van collects furniture donations which last year contributed £100,000 to our total income, which is enough to fund more than 2,000 visits by our Hospice at Home nursing assistants. So by supporting this arm of the hospice’s retail team, you will be making a real difference to local people in need – as well as aligning your business with a beloved local charity.”
Commenting on the furniture donation drive, Fiona continued: “Keep an eye out for our new van in your area, as we will be running a number of furniture donation drives in the next few weeks – parking up at local village halls and community centres to collect your items of pre-loved furniture. We also take bookings for individual pick-ups straight from your door, so make sure you think of St Clare as your first port of call when you are looking for a new home for your good quality furniture!”
St Clare is particularly looking to receive donations of: sofas and armchairs; dining tables and chairs; occasional tables and quality bookcases; wardrobes, dressing tables and chests of drawers; and divans with mattresses. Please note St Clare can only accept soft furnishings that have fire labels attached.
To book your furniture collection, call 01279 639760 or book online at www.stclarehospice.org.uk/furniture
To find out more about sponsoring the new van, and aligning your business with St Clare, contact the Head of Retail, Fiona Eaton on 01279 773732 or email Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org