Appeal for donations at hospice furniture shop

Barnsley Hospice is encouraging people having spring clear-outs to consider donating pre-loved items to its furniture shop.

The store, based on Blucher Street in the town centre, sells furniture and homeware to help fund patient care, and accepts donations from across Barnsley. A collection service for donated items is available, and delivery can be arranged for purchases.

The shop, which opened in 2010, sells a range of sofas, chairs, tables, wardrobes, mirrors and household ornaments, setting it apart from the charity’s five other retail outlets in Barnsley.

Stephen Hatfield, retail manager at Barnsley Hospice, said: “If you’re having a clear-out and you’ve got some furniture or household items you want to get rid of, we’d love to receive them.

“If you can bring them in, that’s fantastic, but if not, we offer a collection service for larger items. We also do house clearances and we will take most things.”

The shop on Blucher Street focuses on selling quality items that are competitively priced. Free parking is available outside and there is a drop-off point for donations.

Stephen added: “The people that know we’re here love the shop but it’s a bit of a hidden treasure. It’s just behind the Pitt Street post office and less than five minutes’ walk from the market.

“The shop is ideal for people needing items for their first home and landlords who need to keep costs down.”

For larger products such as sofas and tables, the charity offers a delivery service to anywhere around the Barnsley district for a flat fee of £25.

Debbie Warburton, retail support at Barnsley Hospice, added: “Everything that you would need to furnish a home can be found in this store. You can get really good quality items at a fantastic price.

“By buying items from the shop, you’ll be contributing towards keeping the hospice open. I’ve personally seen where the money goes because my sister was cared for by the hospice. The care and support they give is second to none.”

The hospice shops play a vital role in generating income for the charity, which must raise over £2m a year, in addition to a £1.6m grant from the NHS. Last year, they collectively raised £675,000.

To arrange donation collections, call the shop on 01226 249744.