Compton Care set to begin reopening retail stores from end of July

10 Jul 2020

Published in: Member News

Compton Care has today shared plans to re-open a number of its charity retail stores following the forced closure of its 28 strong network of shops due to the Coronavirus back in March.

Compton Care has today shared plans to re-open a number of its charity retail stores following the forced closure of its 28 strong network of shops due to the Coronavirus back in March. The Wolverhampton based charity, which provides care for people living with complex and incurable conditions, announced that its Blackheath store in Rowley Regis will be the first to re-open on the 20th July closely followed by its Compton Hall shop in the grounds of the charity headquarters in early August. In addition, the charity is set to open a number of its shops across Wolverhampton and the Black Country as dedicated ‘donation stations’. Each week, a selection of stores will open solely with the intention to collect unwanted donated goods from the public. The move is welcomed by bosses who say the charity has ‘been impacted significantly’ by the shops closures which raise over£1 million every year towards its running costs. Director of Income Generation, Hamish Shilliday, said: “We are thrilled to be able to begin our phased plan of re-opening our charity retail stores. Compton has been impacted significantly since closing our stores in line with Government advice. Our stores are a critical and essential source of income which all goes towards providing care for the patients and families we support.” Talking of the phased re-opening Mr Shilliday added: “Whilst we are eager to re-open it is important that we do not rush. Times are still really uncertain, and we are unsure how it will affect people’s shopping habits. We want to reassure everyone that we have been working really hard behind the scenes to put all of the necessary safety and social distancing measures in place making our stores safe to work in, safe to shop in and safe to donate to. Whilst closed we’ve also spent time carrying out some essential health and safety refurbishment works in some of our stores, the safety of our staff and visitors is our priority. “We’ll continue to monitor progress and keep an eye on the wider environment to determine when we may be able to re-open more stores. In the meantime, I’d like to encourage people to please bring their unwanted items to our donations stations and support their local charity to get back on its feet. We have such wonderful supporters and we are so grateful they have stuck by us during this pandemic.” More information on Compton Care’s store openings and donation stations can be found at comptoncare.org.uk

Submitted by Natalie from Compton Care
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