Hospice charity opens new Catterick Garrison shop

Lorraine Belsey, Dawn Culver and assistant manager Ross Landers outside the new shop.

Catterick Garrison has become the site of a local hospice care charity’s seventh shop.

Herriot Hospice Homecare this week opened its latest store at 52 Richmond Road, in the former HM Supplies store.

It was officially opened by Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan, the Catterick Garrison Commander.

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Among the goods on display on the first day were designer fashion brands such as Ted Baker, Radley, Guess, Viyella and Hackett London while homewares included Royal Doulton china and Poole Pottery.

Given its location, the shop will also sell dresses and outfits for Army Mess events, as well as linens, furniture and electricals for soldiers and their families moving to Catterick.

This is something new store Manager Dawn Culver knows plenty about having been an Army wife herself for 22 years.

She explained: “Army personnel and their families can move around a lot and furnishing a new home can be very expensive, so we can offer high quality goods at value for money prices.

“We are also stocking suits, dresses, hats and fascinators which will be ideal for Mess events, along with children’s clothes and toys, so we can offer something for everyone.”

Herriot Hospice Homecare is also planning to rent the offices above the shop to commercial businesses, providing a further income for the charity.

Lorraine Belsey, Herriot’s Area Retail Manager, said: “It costs Herriot almost £1million each year to support local families, with services which include end of life care, bereavement support, befriending, respite support and driving services.

“Our shops account for a third of this income so we are delighted to have been able to open our seventh shop in such a thriving community as Catterick Garrison.

“In keeping with the other Herriot shops, it has a boutique feel and we are confident it will appeal to all members of the public, whether army personnel and their families, or civilians.

“The stock will be changed regularly, and we are always on the lookout for new, good quality donations.”

Herriot Hospice Homecare is also seeking people interested in volunteering at the store.

As part of grant funding the charity received from the Aged Veterans Fund, it is particularly keen to attract volunteers from the ex-forces community, whether at its shops or in capacities such as befriending, respite sitting or driving.

For further information please contact 01609 777 413.