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Weldmar’s charity shop in Sherborne reopens with a smart new look and a drive towards increased sustainability

30th January 2024

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Weldmar Hospicecare’s popular charity shop in Sherborne has been given a makeover in order to drive more sustainability in the town, as well as increasing awareness about the work of the charity in the area.

The shop on Cheap Street first opened in 1997, and the money it raises helps to provide care and support from Weldmar Community Nurses for those who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, hands on care for patients from our hospice at home service, and other Weldmar services.

Emma Randall, Weldmar’s Community Nurse based at the Yeatman Hospital, was on hand to cut the ribbon alongside trustees Davina Smith and Sue Hawkett, and welcome in a crowd of shoppers who had gathered outside, eager to see the new surroundings and discover some treasures to buy.

One of the first people through was Lisa-Marie Mineiro, who says it’s her favourite shop in the town. “It’s always been the best charity shop in Sherborne. They have the nicest stuff, and the staff are always lovely. It’s kept very well and is just like walking into a boutique really. My husband is always telling me not to bring anything else home but I can’t help it! I also buy a lot of things here to take when we see our family in Brazil, because it’s really nice quality. The new look is really good, really fresh, and it’s useful seeing more about what the charity does here. I always buy a lottery ticket every time I pop in too!”

Shop manager Debbie Ferris – pictured above with fellow staff and volunteers – says, “Thank you to everyone for bearing with us whilst we were working on the new look to the shop. It was lovely to re-open this morning and welcome in some regular faces, as well as some new ones. We’re very well supported in the town, and not only did we have lots of people in looking for a bargain but we had some great items donated too. Charity shops are playing an increasingly important role on the high street and in sustainability, and we’re proud to play our part in helping to raise funds for Weldmar so that people like Emma can continue providing excellent care for local people with a life limiting illness.”

The new look Weldmar Hospicecare shop is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm every Sunday.

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