Customers are being encouraged to pop-in to a new pop-up shop where every purchase helps support the care of people with life-limiting illnesses.
Business has been brisk since St T’s new outlet opened on Darlington’s High Row and staff say they have been delighted by the response from town shoppers.
The shop, which is in the former Mountain Warehouse premises, is a satellite of St T’s Superstore, in McMullen Road, and complements its other town centre outlet in Skinnergate, all of which support St Teresa’s Hospice.
Like the Superstore, it stocks furniture, home accessories, art, mirrors, soft furnishings, china and glassware.
Manager Rose Wills said: “It’s going really well, we’ve had some lovely comments from customers. People are really glad to see something new on High Row, rather than an empty shop, and they’re excited about something new.
“It’s like entering a treasure trove, even for me, because you never know what’s going to be donated. There’s something new every day. None of us knows when we might need the hospice and donating or purchasing is a chance to support the free care we provide.”
The landlord’s representative Nick Appleyard said it was the third time he had worked with St Teresa’s Hospice in the town centre.
“We are delighted to have been able to offer the premises and to get St T’s in, in time for the busy Christmas shopping period. It’s a great, high profile location and we are very pleased that St T’s is so busy,” he said.
St Teresa’s Hospice has a total of 10 shops in a growing retail chain, as well as an eBay online store, which contribute to the £2.4m the charity needs every year to fund its professional care services.
The High Row shop is open from 10am-4pm, Monday-Saturday.