Friday 09 March 2018

Second charity store for Garden House Hospice Care in Hitchin

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We are delighted to have added another store to our existing range of retail shops. This is the second shop in Hitchin – and eighth across our larger catchment area of North Herts and Stevenage. It offers a ‘clearance’ model, selling merchandise at particularly competitive prices.


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The new shop, Unit 11, Churchgate Shopping Centre, was officially opened this morning by Tom Hardy, Hitchin BID Manager, and Keith Hoskins, Town Centre Manager, along with the Shop Manager and Assistant Managers, Paul, Dee and Gill, and Roger Gochin, Trustee for Garden House Hospice Care.

Teas, coffee and cake as well as a raffle were available for those visiting the store with a few more volunteers on hand to talk about the Hospice services, shops and what it is like to be a volunteer for Garden House Hospice Care. The hospice relies on the support of volunteers to help run its services, as well as our shops, and we are very grateful to those who are able to give some of their time to help us.

Hitchin Bid Manager, Tom Hardy commented: 

'It’s great to see yet another new shop opening in the town centre. The Garden House Hospice do excellent work in the local area and having a second shop opening in the town will offer an extra, much needed boost to their charity donations. Having been in the role of Hitchin BID manager for just over a week, this was the first of hopefully many official openings in town.'   

We currently provides free specialist palliative care for over 500 adults a year living with advanced cancer, motor neurone disease or other life limiting illness in our community of 230,000 people in North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding villages.

We need to raise over £3 million in total income every year to be able to continue to run them. All retail profits from the shops contribute considerably to providing this free palliative care.

If you’ve got clothes, shoes, toys, DVD’s, CD’s, books, home-ware, furniture, electrical goods or mobile phones that you no longer need, please give them to us and we can turn them into funds to support our work. To view our new Ebay site, Click Here

Shop location: Unit 11, Churchgate Shopping Centre, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1DN

Paul Johnson, Hitchin Shop Manager, commented:

“It is great to have our second shop in Hitchin now open and trading seven days a week. We have raised significant funds from our existing Hitchin shop, and have found that a

‘clearance’ shop model works well alongside our standard model shop. We hope that this will therefore prove popular in Hitchin. We look forward to welcoming people to our new store.”