Weston Hospicecare has turned its Aller Parade charity shop in Weston-super-Mare into a £1 shop, offering locals a last chance to buy its donated items for an amazing bargain price.
Linda Kelly, the charity’s Head of Retail, says: “The response has been fantastic – despite everything being £1 or less, our income is significantly higher, meaning we can donate more funds back to the Hospice.
“We decided to convert the Aller Parade shop into a £1 shop following the success of our other £1 shops in the centre of Weston and Clevedon. It’s a way to make our fundraising more efficient. We get great items donated that don’t always sell in the stores they’re donated to. Previously, if they didn’t sell after a few weeks, we were faced with the very difficult decision to recycle or dispose of them, which is the last thing we want to do when people have generously chosen to donate their items to raise money for the Hospice.
“Our £1 shops now act as a last stop for these items instead, allowing people to buy them at highly discounted prices, saving them from recycling, raising funds, and giving local people a great bargain!”
The shop has had a facelift, with new signage and interiors. Since the shop opened as a £1 store, sales have more than doubled, which is good news for the local Hospice.
This is the latest in a line of changes for the charity’s shops which aim to improve efficiency and maximise the profit from the community’s donations.
Weston Hospicecare provides free, expert end-of-life care to 1 in 100 local people, and raises 80% of its running costs through its charity shops, fundraising activities and the generosity of local people and businesses.
Find out more about the Hospice’s shops at westonhospicecaregroup.org.uk/shops or call