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Mayor of Redbridge opens new Saint Francis Hospice boutique charity shop in Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 12:35 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 December 2018

Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara with hospice staff, shop volunteers and families outside the new shop in Wanstead.Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara with hospice staff, shop volunteers and families outside the new shop in Wanstead.Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice has opened a new boutique charity shop in Wanstead.

Rosel Tonelli (left) with Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara (centre) and Sandra Sutton (right). Photo: Saint Francis HospiceRosel Tonelli (left) with Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara (centre) and Sandra Sutton (right). Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

The Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Debbie Kaur-Thiara opened the charity’s 15th retail store – the third in Redbridge – in High Street last week.

From left to right: Peter Crutchett with Howard Bennett, Amanda Green, Bob Goacher with Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara, Neville Brown and Bob Goacher's brother in law. Photo: Saint Francis HospiceFrom left to right: Peter Crutchett with Howard Bennett, Amanda Green, Bob Goacher with Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara, Neville Brown and Bob Goacher's brother in law. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

All funds from the shop will go towards helping the Havering-atte-Bower charity to provide its specialist end of life care services to people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara cuts the ribbon to open the store. Photo: Saint Francis HospiceMayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara cuts the ribbon to open the store. Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

Michelle Nicholls, the Hospice’s director of retail, is excited about the new store and said: “Wanstead brings a different look to our stores – it has a very boutique feel and we’re really looking forward to integrating ourselves into Wanstead and village life.”

Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara (centre) with volunteers and store manager Rosel (far right) Photo: Saint Francis HospiceMayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara (centre) with volunteers and store manager Rosel (far right) Photo: Saint Francis Hospice

The Mayor of Redbridge formally opened the store and said: “I visited my dear friend when she spent the last weeks of her life at the hospice and I was so amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it was.”

“Death affects everyone at some time in their lives and we need to do more to ensure Redbridge residents are aware of the wonderful services that are available to them.”

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