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Our first charity shop opens at 77 Mare Street
After the incredible success of the pop-up shops in Well Street, we've added to our retail portfolio by opening a permanent charity shop at 77 Mare Street.
Called the Five Sisters Charity Shop, it’s a tribute to the five pioneering Sisters of Charity who arrived in Hackney in 1900 to help the poor and dying of East London, opening the doors to the Hospice in 1905.
St Joseph’s Hospice has a long tradition of selling pre-loved goods, and has held jumble sales four times a year for the past 30 years. As well as bringing in much needed income to help care for patients at the Hospice, the sales also help to build the community and bring it together.
Tony McLean, Chief Executive, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “After dipping our toes in the retail market with a pop up shop, we knew that we needed a permanent charity shop close to the Hospice. What many people don’t know is that we only get 56% of the funding we need to run the Hospice from the NHS, leaving us to raise £4 million each year so without events like the jumble sales, legacies and donations, the core work of the Hospice just wouldn’t happen.
“We hope that The Five Sisters Charity Shop, which will be a permanent fixture on Mare Street, will become an equally essential part of the fabric of East London as the jumble sales, and for many working families, retirees or those on fixed or limited income, an invaluable service. We will be using the Five Sisters branding in some of our other ventures too, to continue to celebrate our rich heritage here in East London.”
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch said, “I’m a long term supporter of St Joseph’s Hospice; the compassionate care and support provided to local people is exceptional. I’m sure that the new Five Sisters Charity Shop will become a popular hub for our community and I’m looking forward to popping in for a browse and to pick up a bargain.”
The Five Sisters Charity Shop, which was officially opened by Jean Anslow (pictured) one of 600 Hospice volunteers, will be open six days a week from 10am to 6pm and will be staffed by volunteers. If you have pre-loved goods to donate in good condition, or would like to volunteer at the shop please contact Fundraising@stjh.org.uk or call 020 8525 3200.