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“If you haven’t been in a charity shop before, and you came in and had a look you would be absolutely amazed at what you can find. Not only are you getting a bargain, but you are also supporting a charity.

“I would convince everyone to shop in charity shops if I could.”

This morning a reporter, from BBC Radio Tees, made a visit to our Crook Hospice shop for a chat with our very own retail manager Joanne Ellis.

They took a tour round the shop delving into the variety of products on sale, from books to men’s sale and women’s accessories which included brand-new shoes and even a vintage watch.

It didn’t stop there …

Joanne said “We do seasonal including spring, summer, autumn and winter and we are currently catering for Christmas and New Year so if we have anything sparkly or sequined then its out on the shop floor.

“And this is all thanks to our very kind donors and customer who support the hospice so they can provide the care they need to, especially for those with a family. It offers support and facilities for the patient and the entire family.”

Our retail shops not only sell amazing, donated products but new goods too. You can buy the hospice Durham themed calendar, Christmas cards and the brilliant volunteer and staff led cookbook which makes an amazing gift.

Joanne said “You tend to find that volunteer have some sort of connection to the hospice, and they want to come and give something back.”

It just shows how amazing our dedicated staff and volunteers are and how important the retail shops are in supporting St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

Joanne’s close connection to the hospice and her passion for what she does clearly shines through out the interview. Take a listen at Gary Philipson – 23/12/2022 – BBC Sounds 2hr 18 mins into the recording.

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