On Thursday 18 June the Oakhaven Hospice shops will be reopening in New Milton and Shirley, at Fairview Parade in Hythe and at 10 St Thomas Street in Lymington.
Each shop will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and will have social distancing measures in place to safeguard customers, volunteers and staff.
Oakhaven Hospice’s other shops in Lymington, Highcliffe and Hythe will also reopen soon. The shops are an important source of income for the hospice, which relies on fundraising, legacies and donations for 90% of its income. With many fundraising events postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, the reopening of Oakhaven’s shops is a welcome step at a worrying time.
The Oakhaven Shops team ask that everyone kindly respects the new social distancing instructions in each shop. Payment by card will be the preferred method of payment and since the team can no longer reuse plastic carrier bags, it would be advisable to bring your own bags for your purchases.
Due to new precautionary measures to quarantine donations it will be difficult to accept donations at all times in the shops whilst trading. If you would like to donate goods to the shops, please take them between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday direct to the Oakhaven van behind the New Milton shop. You can also donate goods between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday at the shops in Shirley, Fairview Parade Hythe and 10 St Thomas Street in Lymington.
The new process regarding van collection and deliveries will be announced soon.
To donate items of furniture, please send photos to email@example.com.
Furniture needs to meet certain criteria which the team will explain when responding to your messages and depending on space within the shop they may not be able to receive the items immediately.
Please note that due to health and safety regulations the following items of furniture and furnishings cannot be accepted: computers, duvets and pillows, gas appliances, white electrical goods, upholstered furniture without a fire label or no longer in a clean and sellable condition.
Ann Newton, Oakhaven Shops Retail Manager, said “We really appreciate the support from our customers and strive to enable a new safe and pleasant shopping experience.
We sincerely hope to open our remaining stores soon and will advise as we are able to do so. Thank you for your understanding”
For further enquiries about the Oakhaven Hospice Shops, contact Ann Newton on firstname.lastname@example.org.