Hospice shop celebrates 30 years

STAFF and volunteers at St Peter’s Hospice Clifton shop are marking the shop’s 30th birthday.

Nestled in the heart of Clifton village among the indie shops, cafes and the arcade on Boyces Avenue, the shop has been raising money for Bristol’s only adult hospice for three decades, providing vital funds for patient care and family support.

“The customers are so nice, and Boyces Avenue is such a lovely area to work in,” says manager, Dan Norris. “I always say that working here is like being on holiday because everyone is sat outside at the cafes and you meet so many different people of all nationalities, including tourists.

“We’re so grateful to our supporters in Clifton as the people are so generous – they give the best donations that I’ve ever seen come into a shop. Recently, we’ve had designer items from Michael Kors, Paige, Armani, and Victoria Beckham to name a few. One man came to the till and handed me a Rolex watch as a family member of his had just gone into the Hospice and he wanted to do something to help. We sent it to eBay and it raised £3,000 for us.

“We get such lovely feedback and compliments and that’s so special for us because we work so hard, and we want it to be a nice place for people to come. Our team is really proud of the growth we’ve been able to create, and our regulars are aware of how quickly and efficiently we work – we send something new downstairs to refill the rails as soon as an item sells.”

A weekend of celebrations was planned for October 25-27, with the two previous managers, Val and Este, joining in..

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, pop in and have a chat with one of the team.