St Clare shop in Loughton celebrates 1st birthday

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Our St Clare shop in Loughton has celebrated its first birthday!
Staff cheering outside shop
Published on: Thursday 05 Nov 2015 at 09:39

If you haven’t yet visited our newest shop in Loughton’s High Road, then what better excuse to pop in for a browse than helping us celebrate our special milestone.

When the shop launched last autumn, it with the eighth St Clare shop to open within the catchment area the Hospice serves, and it remains the only charity shop in Loughton to support a cause that has been caring for local families in the community it serves for 25 years.

But with demand for our specialist care and support only set to grow in the coming years, and only limited NHS funding, we are more reliant than ever on the support of donors and, more importantly customers, if we are continue being there for every person who needs us over the next 25 years.

Shop manager Jo Leal said: “It’s been a great start for our newest St Clare shop and, thanks to the support of our local community, we are so proud of all we have achieved in our first year.

“We hope that the people of Loughton and Epping Forest will help us achieve even greater things in the coming year by continuing to support us, not only by donating their unwanted goods to us to sell, but also shopping with us to help us raise the money we need to generate each and every year so we can continue being there for local families facing one of the most difficult journeys in life.

“Thank you for helping get our Loughton shop off to a flying start, and we hope we can count on your continued support. We really could not do it without you.”

In its first year, our Loughton shop has:

  • Received more than 2,200 bags of donations from Hospice supporters to sell so we can raise vital income to support local people living with a terminal or life-limiting illness and their loved ones.
  • Signed up 477 people to Retail Gift Aid, meaning their donations raised an additional £4,114 for the Hospice.
  • Served an average of 50 customers a day looking for good quality pre-loved clothing, accessories, furniture, books, bric-a-brac and more.
  • Benefited from the help of a team of dedicated volunteers who gave 294 hours of their time each week to support us.
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