Heathway children’s hospice charity shop reopens to a crowd

Published: September 29, 2015

The Richard House Children’s Hospice charity shop in Heathway Dagenham re-opened this morning with a new look and bargains galore, after being closed for two weeks to be redecorated.

The makeover was thanks to the business Cofely and one of their contractors, Concept Building Services (Southern) Limited, who took on the task free of charge. The new look includes improved lighting, a new cash desk, new flooring, paint work and fitting room alterations.

Brian Stanley, Business Development Manager at Concept Building Services says the team were delighted to be able to help with the refurbishment. “When approached by Cofely, it did not take much persuasion; and like Cofely we try to give back and help the wonderful and worthwhile organisations in the community in which we work.”

“We hope this refurbishment will help the hospice to bring in vital funds so they can carry on doing excellent work with children and their families.”

Lynn Evans, who manages the shop said: “I absolutely love the new look of the shop. Before it was very tired looking and it’s now bright and updated, with better fittings and more space to display stock. Most of our customers are regulars and I know they are going to really notice the difference.”

Louise Hamilton, head of retail at Richard House says: “The shop had been largely untouched since opening 16 years ago so was in much need of a redecoration. The new look is a huge improvement and we are very grateful to Cofely and Concept Building Services, as well as to Oasis Fashions, Amtico Flooring and Westbury Filtermation Ltd.”

Shahina Haque, Family Services Manager at the hospice cut the ribbon to officially reopen the shop, along with the longest serving volunteers at the shop, Marie Hammond and Shirley Collins who have been volunteering since it opened 16 years ago.

Richard House has six charity shops across East London and Essex, with all money raised going directly to the hospice. These vital funds ensure we are able to provide care year-on-year for children with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

Long standing volunteers June, Pat, Marie, Shirley and shop manager Lynn inside the new look shop.

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