Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to close Wombwell charity shop

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has taken the difficult decision to close its Wombwell charity shop as its lease comes to an end amid the challenging trading conditions arising from the pandemic.

The impact of Covid-19, combined with changing shopping habits and a nationwide decline in high street footfall, means the shop is no longer performing well enough to support the charity’s work.

Terri Hanson, Head of Retail at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “The decision to close our Wombwell shop is one we have taken with a heavy heart, and is no reflection of the efforts of our wonderful staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make it a success.

“Over the years the shop has been a valued asset to Bluebell Wood, helping to raise much needed funds to support local families going through some of the most difficult times you can imagine.

“But sadly, in light of the challenges arising from the pandemic along with a long-term national shift away from high street shopping and subsequent fall in trade, we have decided not to renew the lease on the property.

“We’d like to thank our brilliant staff and all our amazing volunteers who have given thousands of hours of their time over the years for making the Wombwell shop such a pleasure to visit.

“This, of course, also extends to all our loyal customers and all those who have kindly donated their previously-loved items.

“You have helped us make precious memories with families who simply don’t know how long they have together, and you should all be very proud of what you’ve been a part of.”

Bluebell Wood’s other shops, in Rotherham, Hellaby, Dinnington and Chapeltown, are all expected to reopen when the Government restrictions allow.

The charity also has a thriving online retail and eBay store where there is an array of bargains up for grabs. From big brand fashion to curious collectibles and everything in-between, there really is something for everyone

“It costs over £5m each year to keep the hospice doors open so, at a time when all our shops are closed because of the pandemic, each and every item bought from our eBay shop really does make a huge difference,” added Terri.

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