St Oswald’s innovative ‘Buy the Bag’ shop is moving to a new venue to accommodate the charity’s growing retail sector.
The shop, based in the heart of Newcastle city centre, is currently treating its customers to a generous closing down sale to sell off their surplus stock ahead of the shop move on Tuesday 20th February.
The store serves a dual purpose of serving the local community with a specialist charity shop and also acting as the regional sorting hub where all donated goods are sorted and distributed to the 26 shops across the region.
The ‘Buy the Bag’ concept, which initially became popular in the USA, allows customers to fill a bag full of donated goods and purchase it for a set price. With the Clayton Street premises closing, fans of the popular event need not worry as St Oswald’s retail team has already secured a regular monthly slot to continue these events.
Riverside Dene Community Room, Cruddas Park Shopping Centre in Newcastle, will play host to the monthly events which will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am-4pm.
The new regional sorting ‘hub’ for St Oswald’s has already begun functioning to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. The new centre will also benefit from working with Sage Foundation, with their employees supporting the centre for the first 12 months of opening.
Andrew Moir, Head of Retail at St Oswald’s Hospice, said:
We’ve enjoyed two successful years at our Clayton Street shop and we’re delighted to be moving to larger premises to support the increase in donations. We’d like to say a special thank you to all of the customers who have supported our Buy the Bag shop and helped make an invaluable contribution to St Oswald’s by raising over £216,000 over the past 2 years. This has helped St Oswald's pay for over 450 days of nursing care. We’d also like to pay tribute to the hard working volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to help ensure the shop was a success.
At St Oswald’s, we need to raise over £7.5 million each year to continue to provide high quality care to patients and their families. Without the support of our generous customers and those who donate their unwanted goods to us, we wouldn’t be able to raise the money necessary to continue delivering the vital services we do.
If you want to learn more about how you can support St Oswald’s shops, such as volunteering opportunities, how you can donate unwanted items, or how you and your work colleagues can ‘takeover’ one of our shops for a day, then please click here.