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Call for volunteers to help open first charity shop

John Taylor Hospice is calling for volunteers to help in its first shop which is due to open in Erdington in May.

The store, at 121 High Street, is the first retail venture for the hospice in its 108-year history.
Due to open on Friday 11 May, the shop will feature high quality goods at low prices and will include clothing, accessories, books, DVDS, CDs and household items.

And the hospice is hoping local people will rally to its call to volunteer as retail assistants.
John Taylor’s Business Development and Retail Manager Andrew Ray said: “This is a really exciting development for John Taylor Hospice. Every pound which shoppers spend will be used to ensure we are providing care for local families as they and their loved ones approach the end of their lives.

We have been in the heart of the Erdington community for generations so we wanted to open our first shop right here on the high street. And we are already looking at sites for future shops.

Hospice Head of Volunteering Mark Jones said: “We often hear from people who want to support the hospice and volunteering in our first shop is an ideal opportunity to do that.

“Our retail volunteers will be fully trained and supported by our team which includes a shop manager. Volunteering in the shop will give people the opportunity to be part of a great team of people who spend every day helping every moment matter for families at a very difficult time.”

If you’d like to know more about volunteering at the John Taylor Hospice shop please contact Mark on 0121 465 2000 and mark.jones1977@nhs.net or see www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/508-retail-volunteers

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