Norfolk Hospice Tapping House launches home clearance service

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If moving house is one of life’s most stressful experiences, then help is now at hand from a rather unusual source.

That’s because officials at the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House have launched their own house clearance service to help raise vital funds for the Hillington complex.

Although the charity has been developing the initiative for several months, managers say they are offering it now in response to public demand.

Mark Shea, the hospice’s commercial director, said: “Over the past two years we have had many requests for house clearances, so we have been testing a service for a few months now. We have been amazed at the response already.

“We soon realised that such a service would not only benefit the community but also contribute to the services the hospice is able to provide.”

Officials stress the initiative is not being offered as a regular removal service from one home to another.

But they believe it can help people who are moving to a smaller property and have furniture and other items they no longer need, as well as the families of people who have recently died and whose homes need to be emptied altogether.

The hospice says the service offers a 72 hour turnround from a customer’s initial call, when the number of rooms and the types of items to be cleared are discussed.

Items that can be sold will then be offered to shoppers in the hospice’s 10 charity shops around the county. Objects which can’t be sold on will be recycled wherever possible.

The hospice, whose new base at Hillington was officially opened by the Queen in February, needs to raise £2 million a year to fund its range of care services. Only 10 per cent of that comes from the NHS, with the rest from various fundraising activities and donations.

Anyone who wants to know more about the service, or book a clearance, should phone 01553 767752 or email warehouse@norfolkhospice.org.uk.