LES Bourgs Hospice has opened its new children’s shop which is twice the size of the old one.
The old shop on the Bridge has been closed for a month after flooding made it too dangerous for staff to work in.
‘We had always suffered from flooding in the basement but we could live with that but then the heavy rains caused flooding in the stairwell and in the corner of the shop and while it was safe for shoppers, it wasn’t for staff and so we reluctantly had to close,’ said Vanessa Kenny, volunteer and retail manager for Les Bourgs Hospice.
‘At the same time, I noticed a sign in the window of what was BeddiBuys as the lady was retiring so I contacted the agent and within a month, we had everything signed and are ready to open. It’s been amazing just how much we have achieved thanks to the hard work of our staff, our volunteers and the friends and family we have roped in to help us.’
The new shop is double the size of the old one, which means more stock can be put out on display.
‘Although we had more storage in the old shop, we couldn’t display as much and we had to limit what themes we had out. Now with more space, we can have a wider range of toys and clothing as well as specific themes such as Christmas, summer and Hallowe’en,’ said Mrs Kenny.
The new store will be open from 9.30am until 4.30pm from Monday to Saturday. It is manned by two part-time members of staff and 30 volunteers but more are needed.
‘We couldn’t do it without the volunteers but we’re always looking for more people to help us, even if they can only spare an hour a month. Every little bit helps. We also couldn’t do it without the generosity of islanders who donate the goods for us to sell so that we can raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice,’ said Mrs Kenny.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Vanessa Kenny on 210322.