Coventry’s Trinity Street was a buzz this weekend with the opening of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice charity shop. The people of Coventry were gathered outside, eager to find some hidden gems in the brand new shop at 10.00am on Saturday 4th March where Kay Alexander, Hospice Patron, was the guest of honour and opened the shop with a cut of a golden ribbon.  Customers then stormed the store looking for a bargain and were not disappointed. Shop volunteers were on hand to fill up any gaps and offer help, while Chief Executive; Liz Hancock greeted people at the door and handed out balloons to the children out shopping with their parents. Overall there was a very positive response from the community which has continued into the beginning of the week.

Shop Manager, Gez and Assistant Manager, Emma said “The day exceeded all expectations, it really did. We’ve had customers coming in and saying the shop has a great feel, it doesn’t look like a charity shop and that our fitting room is the best that they’ve seen. It was just an exceptional day. It’s really great to be spreading awareness about the Hospice in an area that doesn’t know it quite so well and we are all so excited we’re finding it hard to leave the shop floor. Now all we need is to find a few more volunteers and we will be set.”

Director of Operations, Julie Cox added “What an outstanding turn out from the people of Coventry, it’s a great beginning for our newest shop. A lot of work has gone into the set up for this shop and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s been received. It’s just such a great location and we hope it will continue to do really well.”

After such a successful start the shop is now looking for donations, so if you are doing that spring clean and have clothes, books, toys, jewellery or knick-knacks that are unwanted then pop into the shop where all donations will be gratefully received.