Children’s Hospice South West announces opening date of Exmouth charity shop – with new Sidmouth store to follow

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) will open its newest charity shop in Exmouth on Friday, July 24 – with a Sidmouth outlet set to follow in August. 

Customers will be welcomed at 35 The Parade, formerly the home of Tony Pryce Sports and next-door to Iceland, from at 10.30am.

The Exmouth town centre shop had been due to to be up-and-running on April 9, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put plans on hold.

It will be only one of a handful of the cause’s 35 South West outlets to open its doors so far as part of a phased return as lockdown rules are eased.

The Budleigh Salterton shop reopened on June 26 and a brand-new Sidmouth store, in Fore Street, is expected to be ready in early August.

Exmouth shop manager Simon Hayes said: “We’re really looking forward to the Exmouth shop opening and being at the heart of the community in the town.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer some fantastic pre-loved items and give them the chance to be loved again, all while raising money to help local families who use our three children’s hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

“However you are able to support us, whether that’s shopping with us or by volunteering or dropping off donations, please stop by and say hello, you’ll be assured a very warm welcome.”

The shop will offer a range of goods including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

It will be initially open five-days-a-week, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm, to ensure safe, socially-distanced trading for staff and customers.

“Every item sold will help the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West,” added Simon.

The charity is also on the look-out for some enthusiastic volunteers to help out in the new shop.

Anyone interested can call Simon on 01395 263836 or pop in for a chat.

Information about volunteering can also be found here.

CHSW volunteer retail advisor Stephanie Robey said: “There’s a variety of tasks that people can do to help make a difference, from processing stock received from donations, to creating window displays, dressing mannequins and processing payments.

“It’s a great way to meet other people and really help to make a difference in the local community.”

Stock donations are being accepted and people are being asked to ensure saleable items are in tied or sealed boxes and bags if possible.

The charity’s Sidmouth shop is set to open in Fore Street at the former home of New Look.

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