Ashgate Hospicecare’s retail sales rocketed by almost as the charity’s shops reopened following the latest lockdown.
And on the opening day, the charity reported its most successful day ever for retail – recording more than £18,000 in sales towards vital end-of-life care for patients and their families. Between Monday and Sunday, sales were up 48% compared to the same week in 2019.
The shops sold 20,051 items throughout the week compared to the same week in 2019 when shoppers bought 15,367.
And last week alone, Ashgate staff and volunteers working at its Donation Centre in Hasland accepted 3,500 bags of donated clothes – all of which were sorted ready to be sold at the charity’s shops across North Derbyshire.
Despite the success of the reopening, Ashgate is urging its customers to continue supporting the shops after the charity in income during the pandemic, due to the cancellation of fundraising events and repeated closure of their shops.
Director of Income Generation at Ashgate Hospicecare, Peter Stone, praised the hard work of Ashgate’s retail staff and volunteers who all helped make last week such a success.
He said: “A huge thank you to every single one of our supporters who came out and bought something from one of our shops since we reopened them last week.
“We’ve been delighted at the heart-warming support we’ve received over the past week or so.
“Having had to shut our shops and cancel our events, it’s been a really difficult year for everyone associated with Ashgate – so to receive such overwhelming support from the moment we reopened our shop doors was remarkable.
“Credit must go to our hard-working retail staff and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to help make the reopening a pleasant and safe experience for our supporters.”
Ashgate has currently reopened its coffee shop at the Hasland site for takeaway only, while the coffee shops in Clowne and Shirebrook are expected to reopen on 17th May.
In recent weeks, the charity has received an influx in donations which has allowed them to keep their shops fully stocked.
Peter added: “We’ve been inundated with donations of pre-loved items since reopening; the generosity of the North Derbyshire community is nothing short of incredible.
“Our shops help fund a large percentage of the care that Ashgate provides and without people donating top quality clothing and items to us, this simply wouldn’t be possible.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to welcome our wonderful supporters to our shops over the coming weeks and if you haven’t paid a visit to one of our shops yet, we hope to see in-store at some point soon!”
Ashgate’s Hasland Furniture Store performed well too, with thousands of pounds of new and used furniture sold already.
The most popular type of item that was bought by supporters in Ashgate’s shops during reopening week was women’s clothing.
Customers have also been praising Ashgate for its Covid safety measures which have been implemented to ensure everyone is safe.
Measures include Perspex screens at pay points, additional cleaning and limiting the number of customers in each shop.
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