Shoppers queued around the block to get into the new store on Kinson Road, which was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bournemouth, Coun Dr Rodney Cooper, and the Town Crier of Poole, Mr David Squire - and interest in its budget-friendly retail therapy has not waned since.
Indeed, in its first five weeks of trading the Sue Ryder shop has sold over 1,000 items. However, for the store to continue in this money-making vein, donations of stock and volunteer time need to keep rolling in.
Sue Ryder’s retail area manager Julie Collis said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant and I’d like to thank shoppers for their interest and generosity. To sell this many items in the first five weeks is absolutely fantastic. Long may it continue!”
Proceeds from the shop - which is packed with a great selection of second hand clothing and accessories and a wide range of quality new goods – go towards Sue Ryder’s incredible hospice and neurological care across the country.
Shop manager Tracy Miller said: “These first weeks have been a fantastic success and I am absolutely delighted that the people of Bournemouth have given us such a brilliant start. It’s been hard work, but worth it.
“The shop is amazing and offers an excellent shopping experience, whether you’re looking for handbags, books, music DVDs, a vintage dress or any number of other shopping delights. But we need more donated stock and volunteers to be able to keep up the good work. “By pledging to support us through volunteering, people can not only help us raise vital funds but also gain experience to put on their CV. And, if people don’t have any spare time to commit to volunteering, they can support us by donating items, such as good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac.
“Many of us have wardrobes full of clothes or shoes we don’t wear anymore. Rather than throwing away bags of goods, please bring in the best of what you no longer need and we’ll pop it on our rails for people who may love them. By donating good quality items or volunteering, you will help the charity to keep on providing vital services to the people who need them most.”
For further information about Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org