Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House reached a retail milestone this week when the number of its shops reached double figures.
The latest shop at Lynn’s St Nicholas Retail Park, which is the hospice’s largest to date and brings the total number of its retail outlets to ten, was opened by radio KLFM breakfast show presenter, Adam Newstead, on Tuesday.
He performed the ribbon cutting along with senior healthcare assistant Emma Shaw and the hospice mascot Hugo bear. In addition to the ten shops the hospice also has a distribution centre on North Lynn Industrial Estate.
Mark Shea, who is the commercial director of the hospice, said that the shops provided more than 40 per cent of the income which fund the hospice’s current services.
He said: “It was great to see so many people shopping in the new store on opening day. It was a huge success and I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who helped serve customers and refill the shelves during what was an extremely busy day.”
The larger shop will allow the charity to sell an expanded range of goods including traditional charity shop items and new locally produced items.
The hospice is still looking for volunteers to help run the new shop and anyone who is interested should contact volunteer co-ordinator Cheryl Harrison on 01485 601700.
The hospice distribution centre can be contacted on 01553 767752.