Charity shop opens after new makeover

NEAALM110209B3 - Treetops hospice bookshop in Eastwood has been refirbished. Volunteer shop assistant Emmy Birkin 20 ahead of Fridays official opening
NEAALM110209B3 - Treetops hospice bookshop in Eastwood has been refirbished. Volunteer shop assistant Emmy Birkin 20 ahead of Fridays official opening

A CHARITY shop in Eastwood is re-opening after its generous landlord paid for it to be refurbished.

The Treetops Hospice book shop in Victoria Street has been repainted, fitted with new carpets and had all of the book shelves varnished.

Shop volunteer Emmy Birkin said: “It’s looking really good. Everywhere has been painted and it’s looking a lot smarter.

“It was always nice and quaint, but it had started to look a bit old and I think it needed it.”

The Mayor of Eastwood, Cllr Brian Griffin, will officially open the shop in front of volunteers, shoppers and local businesses today, February 11 at 11am.

Shop volunteers are putting on a buffet and a raffle and inviting staff over from the hospice itself in Risley.

Sara McLuckie, retail manager at Treetops Hospice, said: “The shop volunteers have done a brilliant job organising the shop clearance to allow the work to be done and setting it up again for opening.

“They put in many hours of their own time and made a smart, warm and welcoming environment for the bookshop customers.”

Treetops Hospice has 11 charity shops in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire which specialises in books. There is also a coffee bar at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

The charity shops raise more than £100,000 each year to enable the hospice to provide care for adults with life-limiting illnesses and bereavement support for their families.

The hospice is run from both a day care unit in Risley and in the community through the organisation’s Hospice at Home service and supports around 1,000 people every year.

January saw the hospice take in 150 referrals – the highest amount ever taken in one month.

It costs around £1.6m to provide these services and more than two thirds of it has to come from charitable donations and fundraising.

The shop in Eastwood is open between 10am and 4pm during the week and 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.