Published on: Wednesday 30 Sep 2015 at 10:21
Access to the specialist music and book shop in Devoils Lane has been severely restricted since safety barriers were installed until the substantial damage caused by recent storms can be repaired by highways contractor Ringway.
As a result, the shop has seen a sharp decline in the number of customers in recent weeks, dramatically impacting on the income the shop generates to help fund St Clare’s specialist care and support for local people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Shop manager Jeff Hepting, pictured, said: “So far, we estimate we have lost about £3,000 in revenue this month, and that figure is only set to increase the longer it takes for the pavement repairs to be carried out.
“The shop is usually busy every day, with customers coming in to browse for a bargain, but at the moment we are lucky to see 10 customers a day. Every day we are losing money which would otherwise help fund our specialist, compassionate care to families in Bishop’s Stortford, and the longer it continues the greater the impact it’s going to have on our charity.
“We just want to let people know that we are very much still open and you can safely access the shop to buy or donate, so please do continue to support us.”
The Stortford shop specialises in books and music, with paperback fiction, DVDs and CDs starting from just £1. There is also a range of vinyls, electrical items and musical instruments.
You can find out how you can support the St Clare shops here.