It’s been a busy time for our hospice shops over the last few months, read on to see what’s been going on in our six super shops!
Stephanie joins the Leith Walk shop team
Stephanie Steele has joined the Leith Walk shop as the new manager, working alongside the team of volunteers. Following a five year stint working for John Lewis in several of their departments, Stephanie has enjoyed spending time travelling in Vietnam, three months in Finland learning Finnish and is soon to be marrying a Scots man! Having always loved charity shops, Stephanie was delighted to join the team in Leith and said that: “Working alongside the team of volunteers is brilliant. They are all so lovely and come from all walks of life, they each have their different stories and together we work to make sure the shop is full of interesting, collectible and quirky items.”
We were recently approached by Hearts Football Club who have a charitable organisation called Big Hearts – a volunteer programme which reaches out into the local community through the club’s extensive fan base. Many of the club’s supporters have signed up to volunteer in our shops and we are absolutely delighted that we already have some Big Hearts volunteers in our Dalry shop, which is on the ‘maroon mile’, and are looking forward to welcoming more.
Standard Life set the standard!
All the shop managers whooped with joy when they heard that Standard Life wanted to hold another competition in the shops after the massively successful fundraising day two years ago. This year it followed the same format – four teams were sent into four of our Edinburgh shops with the challenge of seeing which team could raise the most money in one day. Reccies were made to the shops, windows planned and fundraising events held ahead of the big day.
The Leith team spent weeks collecting yellow items for a really striking Sunshine on Leith window. A pub quiz was held in the VooDoo Rooms and a huge bake sale in the office to try to edge ahead of the competition! The day itself was huge fun, both for the teams and for the shops and volunteers. In the end, it was close call but the winners were the Stockbridge team! Overall a staggering £4,000 was raised. A huge thank you to all the teams who really threw themselves into the challenge. If you would like to give a day of your time to volunteer for the Hospice please visit our website.
GiftAid Grows Hospice Funds
The shops are now set up to receive donations eligible for GiftAid, meaning we raise more money for the Hospice! For donations which are GiftAid enable, we can claim back money from HMRC – so for example, an item sold for £10 would in fact generate £12.50 if the donor has completed a GiftAid form. Signing up for GiftAid is completely painless and could not be simpler – and you only have to do it once! There are forms and cards in all the shops which require just your name, address, email address (if you have one), phone number and signature. On completion you will be given your personal St Columba’s Hospice GiftAid card, and any time you bring donated goods into the shop, your card will be scanned and the goods effectively ‘GiftAid-ed’. It’s as simple as that so please do become a GiftAid donor!