New shop unveiled in Brownhills

A charity shop to raise funds for people living with a terminal illness and their families has opened on Brownhills High Street.

The John Taylor Hospice store opened for business on 15 February – marking the occasion by throwing a special celebration event attended by local communities, hospice staff, volunteers and dignitaries including Aldridge-Brownhills MP Wendy Morton.

Hospice at Home Sister Deb Jones

Visitors to the store will be able to bag an array of high-quality items at bargain prices including clothing, accessories, books, DVDs, CDs and household items. All proceeds raised from sales will support John Taylor Hospice to continue providing care for families across the West Midlands.

Cutting the ribbon at the opening event was Brownhills-born nurse Deb Jones. “The opening of our new shop is very significant to me,” explained Deb, a sister with the John Taylor Hospice at Home Team. “Not only am I extremely honoured to work for John Taylor Hospice, I am proud to live in Brownhills, so I’m delighted to see our network of shops continue to grow and for our store to be the latest addition to my local High Street.

“Today, and every day, more than 600 people across the West Midlands will receive the care they need from John Taylor Hospice teams. I really hope that local people get behind our new store as the money raised from our shops makes a huge difference to our charity. Shoppers, people who donate items and retail volunteers all help us to raise much-needed funds that ensure everyone receives the best possible care at home or in our hospice.”

(Left-right): Councillor Stephen Craddock, MP Wendy Morton, John Taylor Hospice CEO Penny Venables, Sister Deb Jones and charity trustee Jean-Luc Oliveira-Priez.

John Taylor Hospice Head of Retail Andrew Ray said: “We’re delighted to join the business community in Brownhills. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and for all the donations we’ve received so far – please do keep them coming! Our presence on the High Street will not only help to fund our vital services but will raise awareness of the work John Taylor Hospice does every day across the region.”

The new shop, situated at 30 High Street, will be open Monday to Saturday between 8:30am and 4:30pm and donations would be gratefully received.

If you could spare a few hours a week and would like to volunteer your time as a retail assistant then please visit our volunteering website pages or email [email protected]

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

Don Bell

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