A NEW Katharine House Hospice shop at Norton Bridge near Stone is set to bring 13 new jobs to the area when it opens in March.
The recycling and trading centre, based at the former Norton Bridge Service Station on Stone Road, will be the fifteenth shop by the charity between Stone and Newport – including the recycling centre in Stafford, The Big Shop in Cannock and Eccleshall’s fashion and furniture shop – and will host transport and distribution facilities for the organisation.
Shop Manager Angela Whelan said: “The shop will allow us to continue to fund vital free care at Katharine House Hospice through the sale of items kindly donated by local people.
“It is a huge site and we will require team of dedicated people to help us to process and sell donated items.”
The charity provides free care and support for adults and their families across Mid-Staffordshire coping with progressive illnesses.
It relies on donations from the community to help generate the 75 per cent of funds needed to run its vital range of services.
Retail Manager Libby Dale said: “We rely more than ever on the kindness of local people who donate everything from clothing to sofas that we can sell in our shops.
“Every penny we raise goes directly to the care of local people and support for their families at the hospice and in our community,” she said. “Each year we need to raise £2.6 million to keep our services running.
“In supporting the shops local people are making a vital contribution to care.”
The charity is holding a recruitment weekend for the new shop on Saturday and Sunday with three full-time positions and 10 part-time positions available.
Prospective employees can pop in on Saturday between 11am and 4pm or on Sunday between 11am and 3pm to the new shop to find out more about the roles available or alternatively call 01785 760715.