A local hospice has opened a new shop in Matlock which promises to offer customers huge savings on clothing.
Ashgate Hospice has opened a compensation clothing store in the town, allowing shoppers to pick up a bargain for as little as £1.
The charity, which provides end-of-life care to palliative care patients in North Derbyshire, opened the clearance store today (10 February) to help it continue to raise the funds it has needed to carry out its vital work.
Ashgate already has 14 stores and three cafes in North Derbyshire, but the Matlock store will be the first hospice-only clothing clearance store.
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It will specialize in selling clothes that have failed to sell at its other stores, including stores in Matlock, Hasland, Bakewell and Shirebrook.
Women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s clothing and accessories will be on offer, with prices ranging from £1 to £3.
Laura Stevens, Head of Retail Operations, said: “Ashgate Hospice has always been innovative in how it operates – we have to be, because of the amount of money we have to raise each year.”
She added: “We have to rely on the generosity of people in our area – both through our fundraising efforts and our charity shops.
“But we’re lucky to have a wonderful community around us, full of generous supporters, who help us and our charity shops by donating, shopping with us and even volunteering to help. to manage our stores.”
Each year, Ashgate Hospice needs to raise £7m to continue its services in North Derbyshire, of which £3m comes from its charity shops.
The hospice is also looking for volunteers to handle donations, serve customers and provide general upkeep of its stores.
One such volunteer is Audrey Garlick, who volunteers at the Dronfield store.
Audrey said, “I wanted to give back to the community and do something to help others. Volunteering at the Ashgate store was perfect for me. I love everything about it, really – I look forward to the days I go and the customers I meet.
“At the store, I get involved in everything, from tidying up displays to pricing items to welcoming our wonderful supporters who generously donate to us. And it’s so gratifying to know that I’m doing my part to support family care across North Derbyshire.
Those interested in volunteering at the new Matlock Clearance Store can visit www.ashgatehospice.org.uk/volunteering and fill out Ashgate’s volunteer application form or go to their local store and talk to the opportunities manager.