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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Retail Hub in Sawston celebrates its reopening

Visitors were welcomed to a largely outdoor reopening at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Retail Hub in July.

The afternoon was an opportunity to meet the colleagues and volunteers who help run the Retail Hub, play some traditional COVID-secure village-fete type games and peruse discounted bargains, including pre-loved furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac, books and DVDs.

It has been over a year since the Hospice took over and transformed Unit 35 on the Eastern Counties Leather Industrial Estate, between Sawston and Pampisford, into a busy shopping hub. Due to the pandemic and various lockdowns, plans for the Retail Hub’s original opening have had to be postponed several times. However, customers are now able to once again visit and shop for good quality furniture and discounted bargains between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Due to limitations on space and rules related to COVID, there have been limits on the volume of donations which can be safely accepted, meaning that the Hub has periodically been unable to accept donations. If you do have donations to drop off especially furniture, please call ahead on 01223 242684 to check there is still capacity to accept your items.

The Retail Team have been busy behind the scenes during the various lockdowns: two vans are now available to both pick up donations and deliver purchases; the Charity’s eBay store has become an outlet for more unique, unusual and designer items; the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Amazon store is a treasure-trove for pre-loved books and DVDs; a Facebook Page ‘The Retail Hub – Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’ showcases star pieces of furniture and recent quality donations; and ‘Click and Collect’ has been implemented.

If you would like to donate pre-loved goods to any of the Charity’s shops, please check the list of items which can be accepted at arhc.org.uk/shopdonations and call ahead to check they can be taken. You can find locations and opening times at arhc.org.uk/shops.

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