Redbridge Mayor formally opens Wanstead store
What's more, every purchase will help us to provide our specialist end of life care services to people affected by life-limiting illnesses including cancer, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's and heart and lung disease.
This is our 15th retail store - the 3rd in Redbridge - and it has been thriving since we started trading at the start of November with local residents curious to see what it has to offer and leaving with exciting purchases and change in their pockets.
It's no secret that retail is facing tough times but our Retail Director Michelle Nicholls says our stores remain strong and robust plans are in place to ensure they continue to remain so.
"Our latest store is in the heart of Redbridge and we're very excited to have the opportunity to serve Wanstead," said Michelle.
"Wanstead brings a different look to our stores - it has a very boutique feel and we're really looking forward to integrating ourselves into Wanstead and village life.
"Our retail outlets are a vital source of income as they achieve an annual turnover of £2.4m from donations.
"But what's also important is that our stores help us to raise awareness of the wide-ranging services we provide at the hospice and in the community."
The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara formally opened the store on November 29th and among the dignitaries who attended, were two families who've become huge supporters since their loved ones were under our care.
Cllr Kaur-Thiara spent time chatting with store Manager Rosel Tonelli and her team of friendly volunteers and she spoke about her personal connection with the Hospice.
"I visited my dear friend when she spent the last weeks of her life at the Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower and I was so amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it was," said Cllr Kaur-Thiara.
"Earlier this year I took a tour of the Hospice and spoke with staff and found out about all the services the charity provides.
"Death affects everyone at some time in their lives and we need to do more to ensure Redbridge residents are aware of the wonderful services that are available to them."
We are always on the lookout for volunteers who have four or more hours to spare.
Please support us by visiting the store, donating your unwanted goods or giving us your time.