Hello Blyth! Our new shop in Blyth is open!

We’re so excited to have opened our first ever charity shop in Blyth!

Measuring just under 4000 square feet, the shop is brimming with furniture, fashion, books, toys, and more. There’s parking right outside, and we even have a fun donation hatch which is perfect for customers looking to donate their high quality and re-sellable pre-loved goods. The unit even has a coffee machine as we hope that shoppers will “Choose a book” and “Grab a cuppa”.

Andrew Moir, Head of Retail at St Oswald’s Hospice said:

“It’s great to have a permanent presence in Blyth, an area that has shown the Hospice a lot of support over the years. Our new shop provides local residents with a sustainable way to shop, an easy and rewarding way to donate their pre-loved goods and of course some fantastic volunteering opportunities.”

Our new shop is bright, modern and fun with lots of places to snap an ‘Instagram-able’ picture or two – thanks to an exciting collaboration with popular illustrator, James Dixon, from Lines Behind.

Based in Blyth himself, James has worked with notable North East organisations including Fenwick, Greggs and The Great North Run Company, now adding St Oswald’s Hospice to his catalogue of collaborations.

James Dixon, Founder & Creative Director of Lines Behind Ltd. said:

“I love working with ambitious brands, more importantly organisations that help others. With that in mind St Oswald’s Hospice was the perfect fit. I was over the moon when they got in touch to work on a project together.”

The impressive outside mural and internal vinyls were installed by local sign maker, Hooper Signs, who have collaborated closely with St Oswald’s Hospice for many years. The Lines Behind theme continues throughout the shop thanks to artwork printed by family run business, Penny Print.

The shop was opened by, Anita Ball, Director of Income and Marketing at the Hospice, along with 19-year-old Blyth resident Amy and her family, who officially cut the ribbon. Amy has a number of complex, life-limiting conditions and has been having short breaks at our Children and Young Adults Service since 2010. As a big Michael Bublé fan, Amy was super excited to find one of his CD’s in the shop on opening day – result!

Amy’s dad, Andrew Wilson, said:

“St Oswald’s Hospice is a life-saver for us. It’s Amy’s favourite place in the world and it gives us time to recuperate while she’s staying there. The staff are just awesome and we know Amy’s safe, happy – and she just loves it there!”

You can find our new shop at Albion Retail Park, Blyth, NE24 5BS, Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm.


Interested in volunteering at the Blyth shop? Email volunteer@stoswaldsuk.org for more information or speak to the shop team directly on 01670 330 885.

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