City's vintage No 13 Emporium provides boost to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity with partnership - The Worcester Observer

City's vintage No 13 Emporium provides boost to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity with partnership

Worcester Editorial 8th Feb, 2022   0

A VINTAGE shop in Worcester’s Hopmarket has announced its charitable partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity.

No 13 Emporium – which provides sewing services, upholstery, industrial lighting, recycled furniture as well as vintage and retro goods – will support the Trust throughout 2022.

It will provide donations from events including ladies’ nights, paranormal evenings and swing nights and raffle prizes such as vouchers for afternoon teas.

There is also a collection tin on the shop’s counter should customers wish to donate.

Caroline Wickham, owner at No 13 Emporium said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic charity and really look forward to doing our bit for the NHS this year.

“It has never been so important to support this essential service and give something back to an organisation which has given us so much.”

The partnership came about during last summer when Caroline agreed to host an afternoon tea party in her vintage tea shop for The Worcester Lions to raise funds for the NHS Big Tea, an annual fund-raiser organised via NHS Charities Together.

It is held on the anniversary of the creation of the NHS on July 5 each year. It was during this event that Caroline explored becoming a community partner for the Trust.

Nicky Langford, Community Fund-raising Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity said : “We were so pleased when No 13 Emporium said it was interested in supporting our charity by becoming one of our community partners.

“I am really looking forward to working with Caroline and her team; collaborative working has never been so important. I would like to thank all those involved for their support.”

No 13 Emporium continues to go from strength to strength- formerly Make n Mend at Unit 1 in The Hopmarket – No 13 Emporium moved to a front facing position on The Foregate in September 2020. Having grown out of its previous premises, the move also gave the shop the opportunity to rebrand as its services grew.

Make n Mend originally opened its doors in The Hopmarket in July 2018 and before that Caroline worked from home for 10 years. As her reputation and workload increased she needed more space and her offering grew to include sewing services, upholstery, home furnishings, craft classes including sewing and chalk, as well as shabby chic furnishings and gifts.

Bill Simpson, Chairman of The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said: “This is another worthwhile initiative – my trustees are all very proud of Caroline and her team at No 13 Emporium for partnering with the NHS charity to raise awareness and funds for one of our most important national institutions.

“Well done Caroline!”

Caroline runs regular sewing classes and her plans for the future include craft fayres for local artists and crafts people.

The premises also has two rooms for hire for events such as birthday parties and baby showers.

Worcester’s Hopmarket is home to a range of independent retailers, including hairdressers, gift shops and cafes, set in a delightful setting.

The Hopmarket has been a place to do business since 1731 where dealers came to trade hops. In the early 1900s the site was replaced with the current building to become a hotel and bank before being converted to a thriving shopping courtyard.

No 13 Emporium is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm, Saturdays, 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm; the tea room is also open for booked afternoon teas on a Sunday.

For more information call Caroline Wickham on 01905 942067, email her at [email protected], visit or go to the No 13 Emporium Facebook page.

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