Macclesfield: Reopened East Cheshire Hospice Store in volunteer and stock appeal
By Alex Greensmith
13th May 2022 | Local News
A charity shop on Chestergate has opened for the first time since the eve of the pandemic.
East Cheshire Hospice on 95 Chestergate boasts two floors, tasteful stock and a fresh interior.
The store reopened last weekend, after being announced to do so last month.
Ladies clothes and handbags are the most wanted stock right now, but all items are welcome.
"The store is similar to our Poynton shop, in so far as when we opened this up again, we didn't want it to look like a charity shop," said Assistant Manager Louise Delaney.
"We needed it to look like a shop where people would want to come in and enjoy shopping. People have said it looks amazing when they first come in."
And indeed, immediately entering the store gives off boutique vibes. From the colourful rail of clothing near the entrance, to the trendy mannequin towards the stairs to the upper floor.
Mens clothes are also selling better than expected, perhaps boosted by the inviting shopfront and decor.
"Volunteers are wanted for any time, for which we are very grateful", added Louise.
"We don't expect volunteers to work all day. Just a morning or afternoon. Whether it is 9:30 to 1:00, or 1:00 to 4:00pm.
"Van drivers are also wanted to move furniture around Macc. You don't need your own vehicle or a HGV licence. Just a standard driving licence.
"Driver's mates are also wanted to help carry the furniture to customers.
"Overall, everyone has been really positive so far, so thank you."
Macclesfield: Please email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering as a driver, or in the shop.
The shop is open six days per week. 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Saturday.
Other East Cheshire Hospice stores include Poynton, Handforth and one in Macclesfield's Thornton Square.
Elsewhere in East Cheshire Hospice news this week, a man who has fundraised over £100,000 for them through the power of music, was given a lifetime achievement award.
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