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Nailsea Shop thank retiring Roger
25 January 2017
Thank you - as Roger retires from the Nailsea Shop after 8 years with Children's Hospice South West.
The team at the CHSW Nailsea shop marked Manager's Assistant Roger’s retirement recently. All the staff and volunteers at the Bristol based shop went out for a team meal to celebrate Roger’s involvement with CHSW. Roger started as a volunteer in the Nailsea shop when it first opened, before going on to become the Manager's Assistant. He will still continue to volunteer in the shop one morning a week.
Roger has given over 100 voluntary shifts during his time at CHSW.
We would like to wish Roger all the best for his retirement and thank him for all his time and dedication - it makes such a difference to short and precious lives.

 

Roger's retirement Nailsea shop

 

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Totnes
24 January 2017
Colourful shop window to welcome in the Chinese New Year in Devon.
The team at the Children's Hospice South West shop in Totnes have created a colourful and eye-catching window display to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

 

Totnes shop Chinese New Year Window

 

 

Your new Children's Hospice South West charity shop is due to open in Bude soon
03 January 2017
Your new Children's Hospice South West charity shop will open in Bude in 2017.
A new CHSW shop will be opening its doors in Princes Street, Bude, Cornwall, in early February 2017. The shop will raise funds to support the care work we provide in our hospices by selling quality donated clothing, books, media, accessories, toys and games. As well as needing donations, we're also looking for volunteers to help with every aspect of running the shop so if you'd like to find out about volunteering pop in to the shop on 11 or 12 January (10am-3pm). Whether you shop, donate or volunteer with us you're helping to make the most of short and precious lives, thank you.

 

Interior CHSW shop

 

Grab a bargain at the Exeter Clearance shop - everything under £2
29 December 2016

Clearance shop CHSW Exeter Paris St

Love a good bargain? Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has transformed its Paris Street shop into a new Clearance Shop with everything priced at just £2 or under!

With lots of items all reduced, it’s a great opportunity to grab a bargain whilst helping to support your local children’s hospice at the same time.

Chris Judd Head of Retail at CHSW said: ‘This is a really exciting venture for us. Being able to offer quality clothing at discount prices is not only great news for shoppers, but also a fantastic way for us to generate even more funds for our Little Bridge House hospice in Devon and we’re really pleased that Exeter is our first Clearance Shop in the South West.’

The new look shop opened on Wednesday 28 December and has a range of clothing on offer - with nothing costing more than £2.

And don’t worry if you have more general donations for the charity, as the shop will continue to accept quality donations of clothing, books, media and other items for sale at the charity’s Sidwell Street shop in the City.

If you are a keen shopper and would like to try a charity shop with a difference, take a look at the Children’s Hospice South West Clearance Shop on Paris Street and pick up your new clothes at a snip!

See the Exeter Paris St shop details

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Teignmouth Morrisons kindly donate 25 Teddy Bears
23 December 2016

Teignmouth Morrisons kindly donate 25 Teddy Bears

Teignmouth Morrisons donate 25 Teddy Bears

 

The staff of Morrison’s supermarket in Teignmouth have donated 25 teddy bears for the children at Little Bridge House. Two representatives from the Morrisons store delivered the teddies to the newly opened CHSW Teignmouth Shop where shop Manager, Bridget, and Manager's Assistant, Dan gratefully received them for the charity.

 

 

 

New Teignmouth Shop opens to crowds
19 December 2016
Your new Children's Hospice South West charity shop opens its doors in the heart of Teignmouth.
Co-founder and CEO Eddie Farwell, cut the ribbon to open the 28th Children's Hopsice South West shop in Teignmouth on December 7th. The new style shop, in Bank Street, opened to a waiting crowd of supportive public eager to shop. New shop Manager, Bridget and her team, are keen to welcome everyone to the new bright and fresh shop. If you'd like to find out about volunteering at the shop pop in and see Bridget at the shop. Whether you shop, donate or volunteer with us you're helping to make the most of short and precious lives.

 

Teignmouth CHSW charity shop opens

 

Budleigh Salterton's Christmas Snowman window wins town competition
13 December 2016

The Children's Hospice South West, Budleigh Salterton, shop wins the town prize.

Budleigh Salterton winter window

The newly opened Budleigh Salterton, Devon, shop has won the town's Christmas window competition with their fantastic snowman display.

Sarah and her team of volunteers in the shop have created winter snowman display for the festive season.

 

Charity shops get festive for 'Santas on the Run' fundraising events
12 December 2016

Local CHSW shops got creative with their 'Santas on the Run' themed window displays.

Santas on the Run charity shop windowsGiven simply a santa suit and some event posters, the CHSW charity shop teams were challenged to put together an eye-catching window display to show to their communities that the 'Santas on the Run' event is happening nearby. Everything else is sourced or made by volunteers or donated from the lcoal community to make the displays, so it's a realy challenge to get creative. From fun to sophisticated each shop rose to the challenge in their own style. Here are just a few.

 

Wadebridge CHSW shop hosts book launch for The Tree Party book
06 December 2016

Wadebridge CHSW shop Tree Party BookWadebridge CHSW shop hosts book launch for The Tree Party book.

Over 100 books sold and a fantastic event for everyone who went along.

More copies of the book are also available at the Wadebridge shop. Why not pop along and visit us there.
 

Creative window wins Christmas town competition
04 December 2016

Tavistock's shop window has won the town's Christmas Window Competition.

Tavistock Christmas charity shop windowFor the second time three years Sue and her team at the Tavistock CHSW shop have won the town's Christmas window competition.

This year's wonderfully creative display is themed around playing games at Christmas.  Hundred's of collected playing cards have been lovingly folded to create the mannequin's dress in the window.

"A couple of weeks ago some of my volunteers got folding and I got making. The end result is something we can all be proud of its been blogged volgged and photographed many times." says Shop Manager, Sue.

Well done to all the team at Tavistock shop.

Did you know.... day 30
30 November 2016

November's theme, for our 25th Anniversary, is all things CHSW Retail. So we're opening our shop doors and each day this month to give a little insight inside the shops, which help raise funds for our three children's hospices.

Did you know....?

Our shop window displays are all created by volunteers and staff in store.

"Their window displays are always so creative and eye-catching!" tweeted @TavistockHour about the recent CHSW Tavistock window display made from hundreds of folded playing cards!

Our window display volunteers and managers across all our shops come up with some incredibly unique and innovative ways to create noticeable window displays in each of their shops. Here are just a few.

Creative charity shop windows CHSW

 

 

Did you know.... day 29
29 November 2016

Did you know....?

Donating your left over foreign currency can help us raise money to support hospices.

By donating your left over foreign coins and notes  to us we can then collate it all together to sell to in bulk to buyers through our online ebay shop.

Did you know.... day 28
28 November 2016

Vintage charity shop Park St Bristol CHSW

Did you know....?

CHSW shops have a Vintage section

Several Children's Hospice South West shops stock a fabulous range of Vintage clothing and accessories.

Here is Bristol, Park Street, shop.

Did you know.... day 27
27 November 2016

charity shop books CHSW

Did you know....?

Buy a book, read a book, donate a book

Charity shops can be a great source of interesting and unique books.

Not only can you pick up bargain priced books of every kind but once you've read it you can then donate it back to us so that it can be enjoyed again by someone else. All whilst knowing that you're helping raise money to support short and precious lives.

Did you know.... day 26
26 November 2016

Donate stamps to CHSW

Did you know....?

Donating stamps can help us raise money for our hospices

By donating stamps to us we can then collate them together to sell to in bulk to buyers through our online ebay shop.

Find out more about how to donate and recycle

 

Did you know.... day 25
25 November 2016

PAT testing CHSW

Did you know....?

Every electrical item is PAT tested before it's sold in a CHSW shop.

A CHSW shop sells, on average, £30 of electrical items per week with each item PAT tested to ensure they meet basic safety requirements for our customers peace of mind when purchasing them.

However, if each shop had volunteer PAT tester regularly helping we can potentially triple that to an average of £100 per shop, each week, raised for the charity.That could mean £2800 each week raised for our hospices.

If you're interested in vounteering as a PAT tester in your local CHSW shop please pop in and let us know. All training and equipment is provided.

Did you know.... day 24
24 November 2016

November's theme, for our 25th Anniversary, is all things CHSW Retail. So we're opening our shop doors and each day this month to give a little insight inside the shops, which help raise funds for our three children's hospices.

Did you know....?

NVQ CHSW shops volunteering

You can do NVQ qualifications in our shops - for free!

If you're looking to get an NVQ qualification you can do it for free* in your local CHSW shop when you volunteer with us.

Volunteer, Gary, at the Brixham shop, has achieved great success in doing both his Retail and Customer Service NVQ qualification. He says that it's put him in a great position to have a career in Retail and has given him so much confidence.

Well done to Gary and all our superb NVQ volunteers in CHSW shops.

*subject to meeting the criteria

Did you know.... day 23
23 November 2016

Help find next new CHSW shop

Did you know....?

You can help us by spotting potential new shops in your local town.

With our big vision to have 50 shops across the South West, raising over £1million for our hospices, we need your suggestions when suitable properties come up.
As our ear-to-the-ground you can help support us at CHSW by something as simple as letting us know if an empty (or just about to become empty) shop property comes up in your area.

With just one person looking after all the new shops it's difficult for us to be across four counties and covering hundreds of miles, so this is where you can help.

Please contact us if you spot a suitable property in your local town and we can then investigate further.

Just some of the towns we're looking to open shops in are: Yate, Falmouth, St Austell, Street, Taunton, Newton Abbot, Chippenham and Wells.

(We're sure that you'll understand that being a local charity we work with limited budgets in order to be able to raise the most money we can to support our hospice care work. So whilst we welcome everyone's suggestions, we then have to decide whether a premises is suitable to pursue further.)

Did you know.... day 22
22 November 2016

CHSW ebay shop

Did you know....?

A Land Rover was sold, raising £2500 to support our children's hospices, through the CHSW ebay shop.

The Children's Hospice South West eBay shop has sold many unique and collectable items including a half size Land Rover child's toy raising £2500 and a “shed made” violin from the 40's that sold for £750 to a gentleman in Switzerland!

Find out more about fundraising on ebay

 

Did you know.... day 21
21 November 2016

office admin volunteers CHSW

Did you know....?

We have four lovely volunteering volunteers!

Volunteers are the backbone of what we do as a charity and we rely on having their help, enthusiam and support to enable us to raise funds for the care wrok we provide in our hospices. And even volunteers have volunteers!

Stephanie, CHSW's Retail Volunteer Advisor, has 4 wonderful volunteers who help her half a day each week at our Tiverton office to keep on track of all the admin relating to the 620+ volunteers there are across the 28 shops. The team do a superb job and we thank each of them for their dedication and time that they give to volunteering.

Find out more about volunteering in our shops

 

Did you know.... day 20
20 November 2016

Did you know....?

Students can do Duke of Edinburgh award or Work Experience at their local shop.

student work experience CHSW shops

Volunteering in a charity shop is a great way to gain experience whatever you want to go on to do - not just for people who want to work in retail - as there are so many varied things to do in a shop.

There are the expected customer service and retail roles but you can also volunteer doing window merchandising, as a van drivers mate or with running our ebay shop.

New volunteers can start from age 14 so it's ideal for students who want to get a work experience placement at school or college. Or for those doing their Duke of Edinburgh, volunteering in a shop can help them achieve their award.

Find out more about volunteering in our shops

 

Did you know.... day 19
19 November 2016

Did you know....?

You can buy 'Raise a smile' single Lottery tickets at your local CHSW shop.

Single lottery tickets in shops

If you're looking for a lovely gift idea to go in a card or just fancy a little flutter yourself you can buy single, one off Lottery tickets at CHSW shops.

It's really easy to play the 'Raise a Smile' Children's Hospice South West lottery just pop into your local CHSW shop.

With tickets costing just £1 and 14 weekly cash prizes it's a great way to be lucky and maybe win something for you plus knowing you're helping support the charity too.

Play our Raise a Smile lottery today

Did you know.... day 18
18 November 2016

CHSW shop furniture delivery

Did you know....?

You can have furniture delivered straight to your door.

We understand that you can spot the perfect armchair, sofa or quality bedframe in your local CHSW shop, but can sometimes then find it difficult to get it from the shop to your home.

That's why we offer a delivery service from four CHSW shops who stock furniture in the South West (Honiton, Glastonbury, Tiverton and Plymouth, Mutley Plain).

You can book a delivery slot to suit you with your local CHSW shop by contacting them directly.

Find your local CHSW shop

 

Did you know.... day 17
17 November 2016

CHSW ebay shop

Did you know....?

The Children's Hopsice South West ebay shop has sold items to 6 of the 7 continents in the world.

Our eBay online shop sells unusual, unique and collectable items, sending  parcels all around the globe.

We've had buyers in six of the seven continents. We’re still waiting on Antarctica…….maybe if we get some really good gloves! Every items sold helps raise much-needed funds for the hospices.

Did you know.... day 16
16 November 2016

CHSW Brixham shop interior childrens

Did you know....?

Shops sell over 1000 items each week!

CHSW shops sell an average of 1000 items each week and have included; a £200 designer handbag, a Moorcroft antique pig and signed Poldark memorabilia!

These more unusual items sit alongside the regular stock of designer label dresses, nearly new children’s clothing, menswear, homewares and accessories that all help raise money to provide expert care in our hospices.

Did you know.... day 15
15 November 2016

Portishead CHSW shop

Did you know....?

Shops raise an average of £35,000 each to support our three hospices.

Each Children's Hospice South West shop raises an average of £35,000 to support the care work we provide to life-limited children and their families at our three hospices in the South West.

We can raise even more together when you shop, donate or volunteer at your local CHSW shop.

Thank you for all you do to help.

Did you know.... day 14
14 November 2016

Interior CHSW shop Wadebridge

Did you know....?

The smallest CHSW shop is Nailsea at 450 sq ft and our largest is Plymouth, Mutley Plain, at 1850 sq ft

Every one of our shops is unique and each varies in size, layout, the items they sell and the staff and wonderful volunteers in them.

Did you know.... day 13
13 November 2016

CHSW shop

Did you know....?

Shops will be opening soon in Teignmouth, Bude and St Ives

Three new Children's Hospice South West shops will be opening their doors in Teignmouth, Bude and St Ives shortly.

Our teams of staff and volunteers are working hard so that we can open in December/January. Every CHSW shop is at the heart of the community and we thank everyone supporting CHSW and the care work we do to support local children and famillies.

 

Did you know... Day 12
12 November 2016

Did you know....?

The Children's Hospice South West ebay shop has sold over 4291 items.

All raising much needed funds for our hospices.

 

CHSW ebay shop

 

 

Did you know... Day 11
11 November 2016

Did you know....?

Our shops have done 565,000 transations, in the last 12 months!

That's a lot of happy customers who we've served in our 27 shops across the South West.

All raising much needed funds for our hospices.

 

Clothing in CHSW shop

 

Did you know... ? Day 10
10 November 2016

CHSW shop volunteers

Did you know....?

Over 88,000 volunteer hours were given in the last 12 months.

‘Volunteers are the backbone of our charity, without volunteers we would not be able to provide the valuable service we give today. We are always looking for people to help maximise sales, increase donations and raise the profile of Children’s Hospice South West. It's great fun and many of our volunteers have made lifelong friends. The beauty of volunteering is you choose your shift, whichever works best for you. You don’t need any retail or charity experience and we will support and train you at your pace.’ 

(Stephanie Robey, Retail Volunteer Advisor)

Thank you to each and every one of our shop volunteers who give time and enthusiasm to help short and precious lives.

Did you know... Day 9
09 November 2016

Unusual charity shop donations

Did you know....?

One of the most unusual items our shops have had donated was a round of bullets (which was suitably disposed of by the local police)!

Our charity shops rely on our supporters donating their unwanted items so that they can be sold in our shops and given new a new home.

We receive, on average, 125 bags of donations each week through our doors but the more we have, the more we can sell, the more money we can raise.

 

 

Did you know... Day 8
08 November 2016

Little Steps children's charity shops

Did you know....?

There are four CHSW 'Little Steps' (specialist children's) charity shops; Truro, Bristol, Glastonbury and Tiverton.

The ‘Little Steps’ shops are where we encourage customers to 'shop, meet and donate’. Although all our shops are supportive of parents and families, at a Little Steps shops you will not only find great bargains on everything needed for your children as they grow but also as a hub of the community to met others. It’s also a great way to do your bit in donating all the things your children have grown out of to help others.

The shops specialise in 0-15 years and sell everything from quality clothing to toys, baby equipment, pushchairs, cots and accessories. Little Steps shops also have a rest area where you’re welcome to meet with other local parents whilst you shop. 

Find out more about our Little Steps shops

 

Did you know... Day 7
07 November 2016

Going the extra mile at Wadebridge shop

Did you know....?

We go the extra mile for our customers.

One of the Wadebridge shop's customers is renewing her vows and wants to source everything from charity shops. So when she saw the perfect wedding dress in the window and came in to try it on, Shop Manager Kirstie and her team went the extra mile in customer service putting on hats to help show her what it would be like on her special day.

Did you know... Day 6
06 November 2016

CHSW shop opening times

Did you know....?

Many CHSW shops are open on Sundays.

Several Children's Hospice South West shops are open seven days a week, including 10am to 4pm on a Sunday. All helping make shopping with us even more convenient for our customers.  

Find your local CHSW shop

Did you know... Day 5
05 November 2016

Oldest shop volunteer, Jeanne

Did you know....?

Possibly CHSW's oldest shop volunteer, Jeanne at the Exeter Sidwell St shop is 90 years young!

We have all ages of shop volunteers, from 14 years and upwards, in our 27 shops across the South West but Jeanne is possibly our oldest shop volunteer - yet still so young at heart. (Thank you, Jeanne, for choosing to give us your time and dedication over the years).

 

 

 

Did you know... Day 4
04 November 2016

Shop Manager and volunteers

Did you know....?

Each CHSW shop has a Manager, a Manager's Assistant and wonderful shop volunteers.

If you've ever pondered who helps to keep a CHSW charity shop running then we have the answer. With shops open six (and sometimes seven) days a week our superb shop volunteers help keep the doors open; giving time and enthusiasm. Each shop needs 150+ man-hours each week so also has a Shop Manager and part-time Manager's Assistant to lead day to day.

Did you know... Day 3
03 November 2016

Big vision of 50 shops

Did you know....?

Our big vision is to reach 50 shops raising over £1million every year for our hospices.

With your help we can achieve it. Whenever you shop, donate or volunteer at your local shop you're helping make the most of short and precious lives.

 

Did you know... Day 2
02 November 2016

Barnstaple shop, CHSW's first shop

Did you know....?

CHSW's first shop opened in 2001 in Barnstaple High Street.

15 years on Jane and the team at the Barnstaple shop are still doing well and are at the heart of the community.

Many of the volunteers are still at the shop too and reminisce about the big toy train that sat in the middle of the shop on opening day.

 

Did you know...? Day 1
01 November 2016

Map 27 CHSW shops

Did you know....?

There are 27 CHSW shops across the South West (28 including the ebay shop!)

From Penzance to Trowbridge there's a CHSW charity shop near you. Covering; Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol and West Wiltshire the shops are open 6 days a week (some 7) and are full bargains to discover in clothing, homewares, toys and accessories. 

Find your nearest shop

 

Totnes Bowling Club support their local shop
20 October 2016

Totnes Bowling club raise funds

Members of the Totnes Bowlng Club presented a cheque for £1,300 to CHSW in the Totnes shop.

They have raised the money over the past few months with various events and have CHSW as one of their chosen charities to support this year.

Wendy Roberts, Totnes Shop Manager, accepted the cheque on behalf of CHSW.

On air with Bay FM
25 September 2016

Visiting Bay FM in South Devon

We were welcomed in to the Bay FM studios in South Devon to talk, live on air, about the new Budleigh Salterton shop and the work here at Children's Hospice South West.

Veteran DJ Howard James interviewed Volunteer Advisor, Stephanie and Retail Marketing Officer, Charlotte, about the upcoming Volunteers Week across the 27 CHSW shops and why our shops are so important to raising funds to support our hospices.

Thank you Howard and all the team at Bay FM for making us feel so welcome.

If you feel inspired to volunteer pop into your nearest shop and have a chat with us about what it's like. 

Find your nearest shop

 

Chance to help ‘brighten lives’ by volunteering at Children’s Hospice shop in Bath
22 September 2016

When you volunteer at the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) shop in Oldfield Park, Bath, you’ll be helping to brighten the lives of life-limited children from the area who are supported by CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice.

From 26th September – 1st October 2016 each CHSW store is welcoming people to pop in and find out about how they can brighten lives by volunteering.

Volunteers are always surprised at the different things there are able to do when volunteering in a CHSW shop.

From being on the shop floor with customers, to being behind the scenes discovering the interesting items that are donated, to creating window displays or being a van drivers’ assistant on the road.

One CHSW volunteer said: “It’s like being one big family, I’ve met so many people and coming in to volunteer in the shop is the part of the week I look forward to most.”

Volunteers choose when and for how long they volunteer and it fits around their lives.

Each CHSW shop needs an average of 100 volunteer hours each week to keep the doors open and continue to raise funds for its three hospices across the South West.

Even an hour a week would help the charity with the expert care and support they provide for over 400 families throughout the region.

If volunteers are looking for further training and development, CHSW also offers NVQs and work experience. This is an ideal way to gain experience and develop skills to use into the future.

Drop in to your local CHSW shop between 26th September – 1st October to have a friendly chat about what volunteering involves.  You can contact CHSW on 01271 313319 or via volunteer@chsw.org.uk.

Source: Bath Echo

 

Truro shop's fresh new look is attracting more customers
20 September 2016
Truro shop new lookYour Truro Children's Hospice South West shop is benefitting from its fresh, modern new look.

One of the charity's first shops, originally opened in 2004, the Victoria Square shop in Truro has had a much needed update to our new look style store.

"'The bright and fresh shop has created a much nicer shop experience." says shop manager, Rob. "Customers have told us how much better it is than the dark, outdated-looking shop before. Our volunteers love being part of the new look too. We've had more people coming in to see the new style and they also now can see how they are helping to support our Little Harbour hospice."

Whether you shop with us, volunteer or donate items you'll be helping making a difference to short and precious lives. Thank you for supporting us.

See Truro shop's details

 

CHSW Truro shop interiorCHSW Truro shop window display

Lottery raises £1m for children’s hospice
17 September 2016

Lottery raises over £1million for charityA charity lottery has raised more than £1million to support children with life-limiting conditions in North Somerset. Children’s Hospice South West’s Raise a Smile lottery has been selling tickets at 27 shops across the region.

Participants can buy a ticket at Nailsea and Portishead shops and check on the results to see if they have won.
It costs £1 to play and there are 14 cash prizes with a top prize of £1,000, plus a rollover which can grow to a maximum of £10,000.

Money raised from the lottery will help support nearly 200 families who use the hospice at Charlton Farm in Wraxall.
Anyone interested in playing regularly can sign up online at www.chsw.org.uk/lottery

The charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The hospice was set up by Eddie and Jill Farwell whose children Katie and Tom suffered from a rare degenerative disorder.

The couple had to travel five hours to reach their nearest hospice in Oxford so they decided to set one up in the South West. Little Bridge House, in North Devon, was the first hospice to be opened in September 1995.

More than 60 families began using it and it quickly became over subscribed. Charlton Farm in Wraxall was opened in 2007 and Little Harbour in Cornwall opened four years later.

The creation of three hospices meant the Farwells had achieved their goal, that no family in the South West should have to travel more than an hour-and-a-half to reach their nearest children’s hospice.

The charity relies on donations and they can be offered at www.chsw.org.uk

Source: North Somerset Times

 

Donated dresses feature in fashion photoshoot in Wadebridge
03 September 2016

 The team at CHSW's Wadebridge shop had fantastic opportunity to do a fashion photo shoot on the Cornish moors and beaches recently with professional photographer, Laura Miller.

Manger, Kirstie, and the Wadebridge shop team got together with photographer Laura to showcase some of the incredible clothing that is donated into the shop.

"The dresses were all donations from the shop and the shop team - including our volunteers - were the models. We had a great time doing it and it's been fabulous being able to show off the type of clothes we have in the shop." 

Laura who is a local photographer kindly did the photoshoot for free to help CHSW. 

Wadebridge shop photo wedding dressWadebridge shop photoshoot red dress

Lottery Tickets now available in your local shop
31 August 2016

Single Lottery tickets available in shops

It's now even easier to play the Children's Hospice South West's 'Raise a Smile' lottery with single lottery tickets now available to buy in all 27 shops.

You can simply purchase a ticket next time you are shopping and then keep a check on the Lottery results to see if you are a winner! They make a great gift idea to put into a card or just play to see if you can win it yourself.

There are 14 possible cash prizes with a top prize of £1000, plus a rollover which can grow to a maximum of £10,000!

Money raised from the ticket sales will help to support nearly 500 families at the charity’s three hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. 

Find your nearest shop

Truro shop's fresh new look is attracting more customers
26 August 2016

Truro shop new look

Your Truro Children's Hospice South West shop is benefitting from its fresh, modern new look.

One of the charity's first shops, originally opened in 2004, the Victoria Square shop in Truro has had a much needed update to our new look style store.

"'The bright and fresh shop has created a much nicer shop experience." says shop manager, Rob. "Customers have told us how much better it is than the dark, outdated-looking shop before. Our volunteers love being part of the new look too. We've had more people coming in to see the new style and they also now can see how they are helping to support our Little Harbour hospice."

Whether you shop with usvolunteer or donate items you'll be helping making a difference to short and precious lives. Thank you for supporting us.

See Truro shop's details

 

 

CHSW Truro shop interiorCHSW Truro shop window display

 

Your new Budleigh Salterton shop is open
12 August 2016

Budleigh Salterton shop opens 10 August Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is delighted to announce that its new charity shop in Budleigh Salterton is now open.

The ribbon was cut at the opening on 10th August by the charity’s Co-founder and CEO Eddie Farwell and the shop is now open for trading.

Chris Judd, CHSW’s Head of Retail said: “We’re really excited to be bringing a CHSW shop to the community of Budleigh Salterton in our special 25th Anniversary year.

Our new Budleigh Salterton shop follows our new-look shop design and offers a wide selection of goods including good quality clothing, accessories, books and children’s toys. By shopping with us you are helping us to support the short and precious lives of children and families living in the local community.”

As well as the new shopping opportunity that the shop will bring to the town there will also be increased opportunities for volunteering for this special charity and the shop will also welcome donations of pre-loved and unwanted clothes, bric a brac and other accessories and items to sell in store.

CHSW provides respite care and support for children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses as well as their families. It costs over £9million to fund its three hospices based in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary funding to safeguard its services.

The Retail side of the charity is growing year on year, now with 27 shops across the region helping sustain the work of the charity in supporting local families.

The new shop is situated in the former Barclays Bank building on the High Street and, if you would like to be involved as a volunteer please feel free to pop in and visit the Shop Manager, or call Stephanie Robey on 01271 313 319 or email volunteer@chsw.org.uk for details.

For more information on CHSW shops and its eBay store, see www.chsw.org.uk/shopping.

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

Do you love shopping on eBay? Could you help Children’s Hospice South West?
14 July 2016

Chinon Court internalDue to the continued growth of its charity eBay store, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is looking for new volunteers to expand its eBay team based at its retail offices in Tiverton. 

It’s a varied role, and you could be called on to help out with anything from cataloguing stock and preparing lots for sale, to even photographing sales items. 

If you have a few hours each week to spare and would like to find out more how you could help with eBay sales, the charity is holding an eBay Volunteer Open Week from 25-29 July at its retail offices at Chinon Court, Lower Moor Way on the Tiverton Business Park. 

The taster sessions will run from 10-4pm, and anyone interested can pop in to meet the team and find out more about being an eBay volunteer. The offices are situated on the business park, the second turn on the left after Homebase, and there is also a bus route which covers the park. 

For more information, please call Stephanie Robey or Chris Cameron on 01271 313319. For details of the CHSW eBay and retail shops see www.chsw.org.uk/shopping

Source: Children's Hospice South West

 

‘25 Bags for 25 Years’ celebration fundraiser
31 March 2016

OptimusThis year marks the 25th anniversary of Children’s Hospice South West. Optimus Performance Marketing (Optimus) celebrated this milestone with their first fundraising campaign, ‘25 bags for 25 years’ which is estimated to have raised a total of £625.

Founded in 1990, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is a local charity committed to making the most of short and precious lives. With their three hospices located around the South West, in total costing the charity around £8.5 million, fundraising is vitally essential to allow the charity to continue doing the fantastic work that they do.

Last month, Optimus announced their corporate fundraising partnership with CHSW. This month marked the agencies first event of several planned internal fundraising event, ‘25 bags for 25 years’.

Employees of Optimus were kindly asked to donate at least one bag of unwanted goods (from cuddly toys, clothes, books, shoes, bedding etc.). These bags have an estimated value of £625 to kick start their fundraising efforts in style.

Lorna Damella, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser for CHSW said: “We are absolutely delighted that the team at Optimus have chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West. We look after children and families from all across Plymouth and Cornwall at Little Harbour, our children’s hospice in St Austell and we rely almost entirely on donations to keep our service running. Thank you for helping us to continue supporting these children and their short and precious lives.”

Mark Russell, CEO at Optimus commented: “It has been really inspiring to see our team come together to support Children’s Hospice South West, helping to make the charities 25th anniversary year one to remember. The 25 bags for 25 Years campaign is just the beginning of a calendar of events our team has planned and I’m looking forward to seeing how much we can raise for such a worthy cause.”

Optimus have a line of exciting events coming up in the next couple of months; members of the team will be running and volunteering at the Plymouth Half Marathon in April; they will be sponsoring a paint stand at the rainbow run in June followed by members of the team getting involved in a sponsored skydive in September.

Source: Optimus

 

Children’s Hospice South West expands its retail network with new Bridgwater shop
18 February 2016

CHSW Bridgwater ShopProperty consultants Alder King have let the former First Choice retail unit in Bridgwater to Children’s Hospice South West.

The charity, which was Alder King’s charity of the year in 2014, currently has 26 shops across the South West and a vision to expand to 50 by 2017.

The new Bridgwater shop is located on Fore Street, a busy pedestrianised retail thoroughfare which forms part of the prime town centre retail district.  It is the charity’s third shop in Somerset, joining those already in operation in Wellington and Glastonbury.

The property provides 1,164 sq ft of accommodation including a ground floor sales area with rear loading and further accommodation on the first floor including offices, stores, a kitchen and WC facilities.

Children’s Hospice South West, which was represented by Cirrus Tenant Lease Services Ltd , has taken the unit at 3 Fore Street on a 6 year lease.  Alder King advised the landlord Panther Securities plc.

Andrew Maynard of Alder King’s office agency team said: “We were delighted that Children’s Hospice South West has taken such a prominent unit.  They have fitted it out in a contemporary new style that has proved very successful in other locations and they will benefit from the excellent footfall in this high traffic part of the town.”

Alder King is also currently marketing a former Spar convenience store at 7 Fore Street, Bridgwater, providing 1,327 sq ft of accommodation at an asking rent of £18,000 per annum exclusive.

Source:  Commercial News Media

Volunteers needed: New Children's Hospice South West centre to open in Tiverton
15 February 2016

Shop volunteerCan you offer a few volunteer hours for Children’s Hospice South West who will be opening new offices in Tiverton?

The charity is opening a new retail distribution centre at the Tiverton Business Park and is looking for volunteers to help support its new work.

Helen Fildes, head of retail, said: “We are so excited to be opening our new Tiverton offices.

“This resource will really help to streamline our retail activity and is a much more central location for us. We’re really hoping to involve the local community and look forward to welcoming lots of new volunteers to help support us.”

The premises in Chinon Court will provide a much needed resource to the charity which currently has 26 charity shops in the South West region and a growing eBay shop.

This new space, which will open in April, will enable extra room and resources for volunteers, as well as additional office facilities for the whole charity and is a more central location to manage distribution.

The charity will be hosting open days for anyone interested in volunteering on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17 at the CHSW shop at Bampton Street, Tiverton.

With lots of options available from helping with the CHSW eBay shop, to general administration and retail help, these open days will give those who may be considering volunteering a chance to see what it entails.

Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community and if you would like to help support the charity by offering some of your time, simply pop into the Tiverton shop or call Stephanie Robey on 01271 325 270, volunteer@chsw.org.uk.

Children’s Hospice South West offers help and support to children that are not expected to live until adulthood. The charity has three hospices, including Little Bridge House in North Devon, and it provides a home from home caring environment for the whole family, including a team dedicated to looking after well brothers and sisters.

2016 also marks 25 years since the charity was first founded by Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill, following their own experiences of caring for life-limited children.

For more information as to how you can support CHSW in its 25th year see www.chsw.org.uk/25.

Source: This is the Westcountry

 

New Children's Hospice South West shop opens in Exeter
02 October 2015

Sidwell Street openingFounder and CEO of Children’s Hospice South West, Eddie Farwell, opened the charity’s new shop in Exeter today (Thursday 1 October).

The new shop is situated on the busy Sidwell Street and shoppers were queuing to get inside on its opening day.

The new shop has a fresh modern layout with a great range of goods on offer including a dedicated children’s section, and is the result of the relocation of the charity’s existing shop in Fore Street.

The team is looking forward to welcoming customers, both new and old, and it’s hoped that the new premises will be a hit with Exeter shoppers.

The shop will also be keen to welcome new volunteers, so if you have a few hours to spare and would like to help out, please contact CHSW’s volunteer coordinator, Stephanie Robey on 01271 325270.

Children’s Hospice South West provides respite and end of life care to life-limited children and their families across Devon.

The charity relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and each £1 spent in its shops helps to make the most of short and precious lives.

Source: The Exeter Daily

 

New Exeter charity shop set to open in Sidwell Street
18 September 2015

New Exeter shop opensChildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is set to open a new retail shop in Exeter.

The shop, at 42 Sidwell Street, Exeter will be opened by CHSW Chief Executive, Eddie Farwell at 10.30am on Thursday, October 1.

The new shop will have not only are the usual range of goods such as clothing and accessories, but also toys, small furniture, bric a brac, books and household goods as well as a children’s section.

Helen Fildes, CHSW Head of Retail, said: "We’re really looking forward to opening the new shop and to welcome our customers, both new and existing, plus supporters and friends. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get the store ready and to the local community who have already been extremely supportive of CHSW."

The new shop opening is as a result of the relocation of the existing CHSW shop in Fore Street, and provides easier drop off for donations. The move is supported by CHSW’s committed volunteers, and organiser hope the new premises will be a hit with Exeter shoppers.

The shop will also be keen to welcome new volunteers. If anyone has a few hours to spare and would like to help out, contact CHSW’s volunteer coordinator Stephanie Robey on 01271 325270.

Source: Exeter Express and Echo

 

eBay charity shop success for Children's Hospice South West
28 April 2015

CHSW ebay store successAn online charity shop is predicted to bring in more than £75,000 for a North Devon based children's charity keen to go global.

Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) set up the eBay shop, which operates from Roundswell in Barnstaple, hoping some of its goods might find a bigger market.

Now the charity is regularly posting items all over the world including to customers in Japan, Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand, Israel and Argentina.

Volunteers Roger and Pat White from Barnstaple like the fact the website can reach more people.

Roger said: "It's great to be part of such a fun team and to be making a difference in the community.

"Every day is different and you never know what you are going to find.

"We certainly have great fun identifying weird and wonderful items and selling them all over the world to generate much needed funds for CHSW."

The eBay shop has opened up a whole new market of collectors keen to pick up an oddity or bargain.

A half-size Land Rover meant for children sold online for a record £2,500 and even an incomplete Star Wars model was snapped up by a collector.

Other items sold online include wedding dresses, china figurines, rare puppets, paintings and 8mm films.

All the money raised helps CHSW provide services such as one-to-one support for a child or bereaved family.

One revelation for the charity was the popularity of stamps.

Selling unsorted stamps online has so far netted the children's charity more than £5,600.

Using the online auction house eBay the charity is predicting profits of £75,000 this year. Each month the online store gets more than 10,000 page views.

Children's Hospice South West works with families whose children are living with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

It provides a safe and peaceful environment for parents and children to come to terms with serious illness and loss.

The charity is asking for help sorting, packing, posting and researching items.

If you are interested in volunteering call Steph Robey on 01271 325270.

Visit ebay to find the charity's eBay shop. Visit www.chsw.org.uk/shopping for more general information.

Source:  North Devon Journal

Is this perhaps the easiest way to support Children’s Hospice South West?
24 April 2015

Chris Cameron sheds light on a way to raise funds for CHSW from your armchair.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to safeguard its services for life-limited children and their families.

Although a large majority of our funds are generated in traditional ways, there are many different ways that people can support us and our CHSW eBay shop is one of them!

The eBay shop was set up to complement our existing high street shops. Online shopping is a growing market and eBay has proved to be a fantastic resource, especially for promoting some of the rare and wonderful items that have been donated to the charity.

Its success has been phenomenal. Our eBay shop has also opened CHSW up to a global market and this year already we have sent items all over the world including Japan, Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand, Israel and Argentina. Last week we even sent an item to Greenland!I

t’s also proved to be the ideal resource for selling some of the more unusual items that have been donated to us. Our average sale value is around £25 which could go towards providing one-to-one support sessions for a child or bereaved family.However, some of our greatest sales have been from some of the more collectable items such as china figurines, paintings and soft toys. For example a signed painting by the artist Boris Chezar sold for over £200 and some beautiful Minton cups and saucers generated nearly £60 for the charity. Our record sale to date is a £2,500 half size Land Rover  - which has to be the ultimate childrens toy!

We’ve had wedding dresses, rare puppets and even vintage 8mm films to sell. One buyer even bought an incomplete Star Wars Scout Walker, showing that there is a buyer for everything!  As well as the unusual, many people do not realise that CHSW can generate funds from more mundane items including your used stamps and currency. We will take any stamps, and even albums, and will research them and sell in the most suitable way possible. So far this year, we’ve managed to raise an incredible £5,677 just from Kiloware stamps sales alone!

Such is the growth of this area, that CHSW is hoping that its eBay store will generate income in the region of £75,000 for the charity this year. Shopping on the site is easy as the items have been categorised into different sections and it’s such a simple way to help the charity without the need for fundraising or taking part in an event. Just by clicking and bidding you’re helping to raise awareness of CHSW and generate much needed funds for the hospice.

Collating the items for sale is not an easy task and we rely on volunteers to help us to sort through items for sale. Although this is time consuming, the results are worth it with as our page is now getting over 10,000 page views a month.

We have a team of regular helpers including Roger and Pat White from Barnstaple who come once a week to help sort out our donations.  In their words: “It’s great to be part of such a fun team, making a difference in the community. Every day is different and you never know what you are going to find

”We certainly have great fun identifying weird and wonderful items and selling them all over the world to generate much needed funds for CHSW. Our eBay shop also supports our high street shops, and the retail team works closely together to ensure that we can generate as much as possible from the donations received from our wonderful supporters.

Visit our eBay store today or from our main website http://www.chsw.org.uk/shopping 

And, if you have time to volunteer, either in our warehouse - helping with packing and posting, photography and item research - or at our shops, we’d also love to hear from you!

For more details, call Steph Robey on 01271 325 270.

Both our eBay and high street shops rely on good quality donations and by donating your items you’re helping CHSW to continue our work with families whose children are living with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and helping us to deliver our promise of making the most of short and precious lives across the South West.

So next time you’re wondering how you can support a local charity, simply get shopping on our CHSW eBay  shop  - and you can do it all from your armchair if you want to!

Source:  Children's Hospice South West

CHSW charity shop opens in Penzance
24 April 2015

CHSW shop opens in PenzanceA new shop, selling goods to support Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), opened in Penzance yesterday.

The store, at the bottom of Causewayhead, was opened by CHSW’s co-founder andchief executive Eddie Farwell with support from Alan Paver and Tom Channon from the Cornish Pirates.

The opening day saw a flood of Penzance shoppers looking round the store.

Sherry Carter, CHSW area manager, says, “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone through the doors of our latest shop and are already delighted by the warm reception we have had from the local community.”

CHSW welcome any donations from the community which can either be dropped into the shop or collected if they are larger bulky items, please call 01726 871800 to arrange collection.

Source:  The Cornishman

ITV set buyers for Doc Martin visit our Wadebridge shop
22 April 2015

ITV set buyers visit Wadebridge shopHow exciting, set buyers for ITV's Doc Martin, featuring Martin Clunes, have taken a trip to our CHSW Charity Shop in Wadebridge recently on the hunt for some specific items for Doc Martin's baby's nursery in the popular TV programme based in a village in Cornwall. 

Purchased were toys, lamps, a wicker chair, bedding along with oriental blue and white kitchen items and bric a brac for other rooms.

After filming, any items that are no longer needed for the shoot will be donated back to the shop and will be on sale again! The cast and crew have since been invited for a tour of Little Harbour.

Here is shop manager Kirstie pictured on the day of the special customers visit.

Source:  Children's Hospice South West

Yeates’ charity fundraising moves in the right direction
21 April 2015

CHSW partnership with Yeates RemovalsYeates is celebrating raising more than £11,500 for Children's Hospice South West since it started working with the charity in 2006.

A total of £11,628 has been raised through staff events, participation in the Hospice's Corporate Challenge event and regular donations.

Yeates Managing Director James Griffin said: "We are delighted that the small sums have added up over the years. We get a lot of satisfaction out of our partnership with CHSW and try and do all we can to help in a variety of ways."

In addition to cash fundraising and donations, the Clevedon-based removals company also offers time and resources as part of its ongoing support. This includes a charity service for customers by collecting unwanted, good quality furniture and household goods during home removals. The goods are then sold in CHSW shops.

James Griffin added: "Our customers really like the opportunity to declutter during their move whilst donating to charity at the same time. We take all the hard work out of it for them as we move and collect everything making it as straightforward as possible."

Yeates' distinctive lorries also help out at CHSW events such as the Rainbow Run and Santa's on the Run by providing transport and even a helping hand from James himself.

He added: "We are a family-run firm that has been operating in the area for more than 100 years and it is very rewarding for us to support a local charity which does such important work."

Janey Hellman, CHSW's Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser said: "Yeates has been a huge supporter of Children's Hospice South West starting with our appeal to build Charlton Farm, our local hospice in Wraxall, back in 2006. Since then Yeates has continued to increase the support offered by getting involved in many different aspects of fundraising. We are so grateful for the donations that Yeates has made but the value of our partnership goes far beyond this with the huge amount of time and resources that Yeates has contributed to supporting our charity shops and fundraising events."

For more information about CHSW visit www.chsw.org.uk

For more about Yeates' partnership work with CHSW visit www.yeates.co.uk/history/charity-partnership/

Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Yeates Removals, on Tuesday 21 April, 2015.

For more information visit http://www.pressat.co.uk/

Source:  Pressat

Yeates’ charity years
14 April 2015

A Clevedon removal company is celebrating raising £11,500 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) since 2006.

The company collected the total through staff events, regular donations and participation in a corporate challenge event put on by the charity which runs Charlton Farm in Wraxall.

James Griffin, Yeates managing director, said: “We get a lot of satisfaction out of our partnership with CHSW and try and do all we can to help in a variety of ways.”

The company also runs a service for customers by collecting unwanted furniture to then sell in the charity’s shops. James added: “Our customers really like the opportunity to de-clutter during their move whilst donating to charity at the same time.”

For more information on Yeates’ partnership with CHSW visit www.yeates.co.uk/history/charitypartnership

Source:  North Somerset Times

Pirates Help Open CHSW's New Penzance Shop
02 April 2015

Cornish Pirates open CHSW Shop PenzanceWe were proud to help open the new Children’s Hospice South West shop in Causewayhead Penzance and what better representatives of the club than Alan Paver & Tom Channon to do the honours.

CHSW's founder, Eddie Farwell - who was present when the Cornish Pirates helped launch the 'Precious Lives Appeal' back in 2007 - was on hand to officiate with able support from Alan and Tom.

“We are delighted by the warm reception we have had from the local community.” said Sherry Carter CHSW Area Manager.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone through the doors of our latest shop”

Donated goods for CHSW can be dropped into the shop or if you have large bulky items you can call 01726 871 800 to arrange collection.

Children’s Hospice South West and their hospice by the sea, Little Harbour at Porthpean near St Austell is our chosen charity for the 2014/15 season.  

Little Harbour opened in December 2011 and offers palliative care to children with life-limiting conditions.  All important support is also provided to parents and siblings who have to cope with the most difficult situations.

The Cornish Pirates continue to organise fund raising events for Little Harbour but if you want to find out more about the work of CHSW and Little Harbour or feel you could make a direct donation visit www.chsw.org.uk

Source:  Cornish Pirates

Do you fancy volunteering to run a Plymouth charity shop?
11 March 2015

Volunteers are being hunted to work in two city charity shops.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is looking for volunteers to help out with the day to day running of its charity shops in Plymouth.

You may be a student looking for CV-building retail experience or you may be retired and looking to contribute to a worthwhile local charity. Whatever your age or background, we would love to hear from you.

Children’s Hospice South West offers help and support to the families of children with life-limiting illnesses and conditions throughout the region.

The charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions which is why the CHSW shops are such an important part of the hospice’s fundraising.

CHSW has two shops in Plymouth, a shop on Mutley Plain for home and furniture goods, bric-a-brac, children’s items and accessories and a shop on Cornwall Street for clothing and other charity shop goods.

Being part of the CHSW volunteering team is a great way to meet and interact with like-minded people as well as learn new skills.

Head of retail at CHSW, Darren Irwin, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our charity and without them we would not be able to provide the valuable service we give today.

“Our shops are a valuable resource to us and your support as a volunteer will help us to maximise sales and raise awareness of Children’s Hospice South West”.

The time you spend volunteering is entirely up to you. You may choose to volunteer a morning or afternoon, a full day or a couple of shifts a week. So if you have a little time to spare each week, would like meet new people and help make a real difference to the lives of the children and families we support, please get in touch.

Please call Steph Robey, retail volunteer advisor at Children’s Hospice South West, on 01271 325 270 or email volunteer@chsw.org.uk.

Find out more about our charity shops >>

Source:  Plymouth Herald

 

Brixham charity shop to hold volunteer open days before launch
12 January 2015

CHSW Retail VolunteersA Brixham charity shop is holding open days for people who want to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

Children’s Hospice South West is opening a shop on Fore Street on February 12, and is looking for people to help with all aspects of shop work including window dressing, steaming clothes, pricing, stock processing, operating tills and driving.
Hours are flexible and plenty of support and training will be provided.

Stephanie Robey, the charity’s retail volunteer advisor, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be opening a shop in Brixham. CHSW offers services to families throughout the South West and we welcome volunteers from all walks of life and age groups to help us make a difference.”

To find out more about joining the team of volunteers, drop into the shop at 58-60 Fore Street between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, January 22, or Friday, January 23.

Refreshments will be available and people are welcome to bring any donations they may have for the new shop.

Soure:  Torquay Herald Express

Boost for kids’ charity as Trowbridge shop opens
27 October 2014

CHSW Shop opens Trowbridge WiltshireA special ceremony celebrating the opening of a new Children’s Hospice South West shop in Trowbridge was held last Thursday.

The shop, based in Silver Street, was officially opened by Children’s Hospice South West co-founder and chief executive Eddie Farwell, joined by staff and Mayor of Trowbridge Glyn Bridges.

The charity provides palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care for life-limited children and their families in South West England.

Shop manager Beverley Stewart said: “It’s been great so far and the reception we have had from Trowbridge has been really good.

“Several people were donating stuff to us before we even opened. We welcome all donations to the shop, with every bag of stock that is donated making a real difference.”

Source:  This is Wiltshire

New lease of life for former Helston cancer charity shop
20 February 2013

The former Cancer Funding for Cornwall store in Helston is to become another charity shop.News that the prominent shop in Coinagehall Street is to be filled comes less than a month after the popular store, run by Margaret Fitter, closed at the end of January.

The building is being taken on by Children’s Hospice South West and will become the charity’s fourth store in Cornwall, fundraising for Little Harbour children’s hospice at St Austell.

Sharon Elliott, regional retail manager for Children’s Hospice South West, told the Packet:

“We are very much looking forward to opening a new CHSW charity shop in Helston and hope that people will be pleased to see the shop premises in Coinagehall Street being used to help a local cause.

“Our charity shops are an important means by which we raise the much needed funds we require to support our service.”

She said the charity was currently opening a number of shops in the South West, in areas where it was felt it could best serve the needs of the community.

Mrs Elliott added that the charity was “very excited” by the new venture in Helston. It is hoped the shop will open by the end of March.

Source:  Falmouth Packet

Declutter for charity
10 January 2013

If you have unwanted items to donate to charity remember you can drop them off at Yeates.

Even if you aren’t moving house you can still donate good quality, unwanted items for Children’s Hospice South West by just dropping them off at the Yeates’ depot.

The new year is a great time to declutter and all you have to do is take your charity goods along to Yeates where there is a dedicated unit for Children’s Hospice donations.

Providing the public with a charity drop off point is a result of the Yeates and Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) ongoing partnership. This has proved very successful and provided lots of good qaulity items for sale in the Hospice shops across the South West.

And remember if you are moving house with Yeates we will collect all your CHSW donated goods and furniture on your moving day free of charge. All you have to do is simply request donation sacks from Yeates prior to your move.
James Griffin, Yeates Managing Director, talks about the partnership:

“CHSW is an amazing local charity which we have supported for some time. This new partnership has allowed us to strengthen our support for the charity whilst offering customers a new addition to our service. Moving house can be a stressful experience so it’s great to be able to provide our customers with the satisfaction of not only having a clear out but also doing a good deed.”

The charity would be delighted to receive good quality items including furniture, clothing, toys and baby equipment. Donations for CHSW can be left in a designated storage container in the depot car park.

All donated goods will be sold by CHSW in their charity shops to raise much needed funds.

Jane Smith, CHSW Retail Stock Generator, said: “Profits from our shops are hugely important in enabling CHSW to keep supporting local life-limited children and their families. The opening of our first shop in Bristol, with more on the way, means we are looking for more stock than ever. So if you are planning a house move give Yeates a call and help CHSW make the most of short and precious lives.”

The drop off point for donations is located in the car park at Yeates, Unit 10, Windmill Road, Kenn Business Park, Clevedon, BS21 6RS.

To find out more about the removal and storage services offered by Yeates please call 01275 877 844 or visit www.yeates.co.uk

Four van loads filled for Donate It Day appeal
31 December 2012

A PLEA for donations of unwanted goods has been answered by residents of Hayle and St Erth who helped fill four van-loads to be sold by a Cornish charity.

Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) organised the Donate It Day at Hayle Day Care Centre and St Erth's Old School Room at the end of last month and locals turned up laden with sacks of pre-loved goods.

Jill Sharpless, chair of CHSW's Hayle friends' group, said: "The support from the local community was absolutely fantastic. From clothes to household goods and even a couple of bicycles, we were overwhelmed with donations. We must have filled around 200 big bags full of items.

"Our charity shops raise much-needed funds for CHSW and we rely on donations to keep them fully stocked, so a big thank you to everyone who got involved."

The donated items will be sold in CHSW's charity shops.  To find out more or how to donate visit www.chsw.org.uk or phone 01726 871800.

Source: The Cornishman

Construction workers organize clear out for Children’s Hospice
14 December 2012

Midas Construction employees based at Indian Queens called on their friends, neighbours and anyone else across Cornwall to bring unwanted items to their office on December 7th for re-sale in the charity shops of the Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).

Midas completed the construction of the ‘Little Harbour' hospice facility at St Austell earlier this year and has since supported the charity with a range of fund-raising events. CHSW are desperate to source quality goods as shop stock including clothes, books, games, toys, jewellery, DVDS, furniture, kitchenware and other quality items.

Midas Business Development Coordinator and even organizer Tess Purdy said: "Children's Hospice South West does an amazing job caring for children with life limiting conditions which sadly means they are not likely to reach adulthood.
The CHSW Van at Indian Queens"We can all help by simply taking a look all the things we own and don't use and donating them to CHSW for resale.  So, we invited anyone who may have been thinking about having a clear out of unwanted items before Christmas to bag it up and drop it off at our offices on Indian Queens Trading Estate where we had a big van to get all the goodies to CHSW and into their charity shops across Cornwall."

Children's Hospice South West's Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Bernadette Chambers said: "Our charity shops raise much needed funds for CHSW and we rely on donations to keep them fully stocked. We are really grateful to Midas for supporting us in this way and hope to see as many people as possible there on the day. By simply donating unwanted goods you are helping us to make the most of short and precious lives."

Source:  Midas Group News