Charity shop finds bigger premises

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A charity shop in Hadleigh has moved to bigger premises in the High Street.

The St Elizabeth Hospice shop in Maiden Way has been so well supported by residents over the years that it now needs more space.

The Ipswich-based charity has to raise more than £9million a year to provide free services to people living with progressive illnesses, and their families and carers.

The charity has a long association with Hadleigh, opening its very first shop in the town 25 years ago.

Shop manager Margaret Yetton said: “This shop was the first to open when an appeal was set up to build a hospice for east Suffolk.

“We are proud of that history and it has only been such a success and raised so much money due to the volunteers, customers and people who have donated over the years.

“We hope everyone will continue to support us at our new premises and bring along donations so we can ensure we are fully stocked.”

The hospice has 26 shops and proceeds raised help to fund specialist care for a day unit in Ipswich and community-based staff.

The new shop will be opened on Thursday, December 7, at 10am by a group of volunteers who have supported it over the years.

“All proceeds help the charity provide services free of charge to people in east Suffolk, including Hadleigh, whether they need them at home or at the hospice,” added Mrs Yetton.

“The hospice costs £9.1million a year to provide its services free of charge, with the majority of that figure coming from the community.”

Items can be donated from early December, six days a week, from 9.30am to 4pm.