VIDEO: Gwent hospice in urgent stock donation plea in wake of post lockdown reopening customer surge

URGENT calls have gone out for donations of furniture and bric-a-brac to be made to help St David’s Hospice Care to restock its retail shops across south Wales.

Income from the hospice’s 38 shops is a vital id helping raise funds to pay for its services, provided free across the south Wales community to those in need.

Hospice retail regional manager Ross Hughes said: “The response to our shops re opening has been phenomenal but we now desperately need quality donations of furniture and other quality goods to satisfy the demand.

“They were people virtually knocking at the doors of the shops when we reopened, The support of our customers has been immense. We can’t thank them enough.”

Ross, visiting the hospice’s store in Caldicot, of the its largest, said: ” We’ve got 38 shops all over the South Wales area and since  we’ve been back open over a month ago the support of our customers has been fantastic. The generosity shown has been phenomenal.”

“We are now appealing to people to donate to us so that we can maintain the level of high quality goods that we are recognised for stocking in our 38 retail shops.”

Caldicot store manager Charmaine Fuller, who manages the shop with Jane Ferguson, said: ” Since we’ve reopened we’ve been very fortunate in being able to welcome back our hardcore loyal customers have returned to us.

“We’ve had wonderful support. We are still looking for good quality donations. We desperately need good quality bric-a-brac clothing and furniture. A shop of this size needs constant replenishment  of stock to ensure our customers are kept happy so we can generate funds for the hospice.

Jane Ferguson said: “Since we reopened we’ve been amazed at how many people have been queuing up at the back door with donations and also at the front door to come in to buy the full range of items from large pieces of furniture to decorative pieces that we have here in Caldicot.”

If you have items that you’d like to donate please call  01633 867138., take them to the St David’s Hospice depot in Ty Coch, Cwmbran or take them to you local hospice shop. In some cases arrangements can be made for large items to be collected from your home or office.

St David’s Hospice Care offers palliative and end of life care to patients and their families facing the most difficult time of their lives.

The hospice needs £8.5m a year to run its range of services including its inpatient hospice and day hospices. The hospice, which has to fund 70% of its clinical services through its events and its shops.