Record-breaking opening for ‘biggest ever’ Hospice shop

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Two became one for St Catherine’s Hospice on Saturday.

The Scarborough-based charity opened its new clothing shop and furniture store –and enjoyed a record breaking opening for its “biggest ever” branch on Wheelgate, Malton.

Hospice bosses had previously decided to merge its two Malton shops to create the new branch.

It was opened by Lee Barker, St Catherine’s chief executive, and Diane Flint, chairman of Trustees at the hospice and enjoyed a successful first day’s trading with local shoppers.

Julie Griffiths, assistant area retail manager for the hospice, thanked the hospice’s team of volunteers who worked hard to get the new branch ready for opening, and also appealed for more volunteers to join their ranks.

“We are really proud of our new shop and grateful to everyone who has helped with the move,” she said. “If anyone is interested in joining our brilliant team of volunteers, we would love to hear from them.

“We’d also be grateful for any donations of stock – furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac – anything that we can sell to help fund the cost of patient care.”

St Catherine’s Hospice has had two shops in Wheelgate for several years but decided to merge them when the opportunity came to rent the much bigger property.

The new shop at the former Ethel Austin fashion store sells everything from woolly jumpers to wardrobes.

Proceeds will go towards the £5.4 million it costs the hospice to maintain its services caring for people with life-limiting illnesses across North East Yorkshire.

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