A new-look St Leonard’s Hospice store is to open in Malton this week

The store, in Wheelgate, is part of St Leonard's future vision, moving away from the traditional style of a local charity shop.

It promises to be a unique high street shopping experience, complete with digital displays, modern lighting and touch screen information points. The shop will include the latest pre-loved fashion and homewares, including brand new lounge and bedroom furniture, and offers a modern shopping experience.

The new shop will also have a dedicated denim department which is part of its drive to be more sustainable.

Jason Lomas, Retail Development and Operations Manager said: “Thousands of litres of water are used in the manufacture of denim each year so why not help the environment by buying pre-loved items instead of new? We will be focusing one of the areas of the store on denim fashion, which we know is popular with our customers.”

Jason added: “In the same style as our newly-opened Pocklington shop, this new Malton store promises to offer people a great shopping experience so that they can enjoy coming into the shop just like any other high street store. We wanted to move away from the typical charity-shop feel and create something new, whilst keeping the costs down for the customer. It was great to have a blank canvas to work on so we could create our vision for this new-look shop, and we hope the people of Malton and surrounding area really like what we’ve done.”

St Leonard’s Hospice provides care and support for terminally ill people, and people with life limiting illnesses. The hospice has been providing care for nearly 40 years within its Hospice, in patients’ own homes and in the community. It provides care for free, but as a charity, it needs to raise funds to do this, and its unrivalled care is only possible due to the support of the community.

Jason said: “We need to raise around £6 million annually to run the Hospice’s services. We now have 14 charity shops in York and the surrounding area which helps us raise these much-needed funds, with one in ten of our patients being cared for thanks for the funds raised through our shops.”

The shop, at 48/52 Wheelgate is ideally situated for customers and will officially open on Friday July 5, at 10am. It will then be open every Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm.

The charity is also looking for people to volunteer to become part of its friendly and welcoming shop team in Malton. Shop volunteers can develop retail skills, meet new people and help raise vital funds all at the same time. There are a variety of voluntary roles available in the new shop, so you’ll be able to find one that suits you. Contact the Volunteering Team on 01904 777 765 or email volunteers@stleonardshospice.org.uk