St Luke’s Hospice shops scoop award

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THE award-winning chain of St Luke’s Hospice charity shops has another trophy to add to its collection.

The Sheffield hospice has been named the most profitable charity retailer in the six to 10 shop category at the 2012 Charity Retail Association Awards.

St Luke’s retail development manager Darren Sterling said: “This is a fantastic achievement and it reflects the hard work of all our retail staff and volunteers and also the loyalty of our many customers.”

The tenth St Luke’s shop opened in Firth Park earlier this year and joins the chain of outlets in Abbeydale, Chapeltown, Crookes, Ecclesall, Gleadless, Hillsborough, Nether Edge, Stocksbridge and Woodseats.

Mr Sterling added: “Our shops are a vital part of the St Luke’s fundraising operation. We need to raise £4 million annually simply to keep providing our service to all the people of Sheffield throughout the year and our shops raise almost half this total.

“But, of course, a successful shop means we need a constant supply of items for sale.

“We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to think of us when they are getting rid of unwanted clothing, books, CDs DVDs, household goods and bric-a-brac.”

The Whirlow-based charity is currently also trying to raise £5m to rebuild its 20-bed inpatient unit.

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