Sheffield charity St Luke’s Hospice to reopen for donations
Sheffield-based charity St Luke’s Hospice will begin accepting donations once again on Monday ahead of its shops beginning to reopen this month.
The organisation, which cares for adults in Sheffield who are terminally ill, has 14 retail stores across the city that have been closed since the start of lockdown. Its online stores on eBay and Amazon have recently begun trading again after they also closed temporarily.
A phased return of its services will see St Luke’s Donation Centre at Fieldhouse Way, near Meadowhall, open for all non-furniture donations from June 15. A drive-through procedure will be in operation to help keep people safe.
The St Luke’s donation line will also reopen on Monday for people wanting to arrange furniture collections. The number is 0114 2357562.
Non-furniture donation open days will be held throughout June at various stores. These include: St Luke’s on Ecclesall Road South on Tuesday, June 16 from 10am to 2pm; St Luke’s Chapeltown on Thursday, June 18 from 10am to 2pm; St Luke’s Clifford House on June 23; St Luke’s Woodseats on June 24; St Luke’s Gleadless on June 25, and St Luke's Stocksbridge on June 26.
“We are very aware that during lockdown, our supporters have been gathering together items for donation and those donations are now going to be vital to the success of our re-launch,” said St Luke’s head of retail Marie Egerton.
“Now is the time to get those unwanted items together and drop them off at our donation centre or any of our donation open days across the city, the safe and efficient way to support our shops as we prepare to get the doors open again.”
The Crookes first shop will be the first to reopen, with social distancing in place. The charity said ‘a phased reopening programme’ will follow.
Annually, its retail operations raise £3 million towards the more than £7.5 million needed to maintain their services.
Marie added: “We do look forward very much to welcoming back all our customers and hope that they will be both patient and supportive as we adjust to these unusual trading conditions.”
For more information, visit stlukeshospice.org.uk or follow them on social media.