ST RICHARD’S Hospice will reopen three of its charity shops in Worcester and Malvern with another eight throwing open their doors by the end of the month.
The charity’s shops at St Swithin’s Street in Worcester; Malvern Link store and Malvern Link book shop will welcome socially distanced customers again in line with guidance from the government.
However, the charity shops will not be accepting donations until later in the month when designated stores in Pershore, Evesham and Malvern Link, as well as it’ warehouse in Leigh Sinton will be open at set times.
To meet infection control guidelines, donors will be asked to place items directly into a container or hospice van where they can remain for 72 hours before handling.
Shops director Dan Corns said: “We are delighted to be reopening the first of our shops shortly and to welcome back our customers and donors. We will be following the government’s COVID-19 secure guidelines to make sure that customers, staff and volunteers feel safe while they shop and work.”
“We really appreciate the fact many supporters will have taken the opportunity during lockdown to clear out their wardrobes and homes and will have put aside items ready to donate when they can.
“But the fact that items must be isolated for 72 hours before they can be sorted by staff and volunteers, plus the potential that many of our volunteers may not be available to process them means we will not be accepting donations straight away.”
St Richard’s plans to have all 19 of its charity shops in Worcestershire open by the end of July.
Visit www.strichards.org.uk/our-shops for more.