The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has officially opened the doors to its brand new Beaconsfield shop.
Mayor Alastair Pike opened the doors to the new shop located at 14 The Broadway, Penn Road. A queue of customers was waiting keen to see the range of high-quality fashions, homeware and entertainment promised by the charity.
The charity reports being made to feel very welcome in the town, receiving an outpouring of support from local residents and businesses.
One local business who have made the charity feel especially welcome is Bekonscot Model Village, which is just around the corner from the shop, inviting the charity’s mascot Florrie Bear for a very special visit aimed at raising awareness of both Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity and its own charity, The Roland Callingham Foundation.
Cathy Sturrock, Education and Events Officer at Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, said: ‘Our staff collectively selected Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity as a very worthy recipient of one of our grants, as they provide such a vital service locally. Our foundation is proud to have supported over 60 charitable organisations in 2022 and applications are now open for our 2023 grants.‘
The tills steadily rang throughout the day as customers snapped up bargains donated by the charity’s supporters.
Carla Merola, the Manager of the new shop, said: ‘Thank you to everyone who attended our shop opening and made it such a success. We’ve received a very warm welcome from the local community so far, with some sharing their own experiences of our Hospice. I look forward to meeting many more Beaconsfield residents over the coming weeks and months.‘
All the profits from the new Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity shop will go directly to the charity, which is dedicated to delivering the best hospice care for everyone who needs it across Buckinghamshire and its borders, wherever and whenever they need it.
The charity is asking for anyone clearing out their cupboards and wardrobes to consider donating to the shop, which has parking outside for easy drop offs. The charity is also seeking volunteers to join their team and help make the shop a success, if you would like to make a difference in your local community you can find out more by visiting www.fnhospice.org.uk/retailvolunteer or by calling 01296 429975.
The opening hours of the new shop are :
- Monday to Saturday : 9.00am to 5.00pm.
- Sunday : 10.00am to 4.00pm.
*Source of information : Press release from Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.