Richmond mayor urges residents to support new charity shop

Cllr Stuart Parsons and charity patron Rose Page open the Herriot Hospice Homecare shop in Richmond.

The mayor of Richmond has urged residents to support a new charity shop in Richmond which he says that unlike others in the town helps local people.

The Herriot Hospice Homecare shop opened in the town’s Finkle Street today.

The charity provides support to Richmondshire and Hambleton people in their own homes who have life-limiting illnesses.

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It was opened by Richmond mayor Stuart Parsons and Rosie Page, the daughter of real-life James Herriot vet and author Alf Wight and a patron and volunteer for the charity.

Opening the store Cllr Parsons told shoppers and staff that Richmond now had eight charity shops which was concerning to residents.

But he added: “However, the Herriot Hospice shop is of only two, the other being the St Teresa’s shop, which raises money for use in the local community.

“The other six raise money that is then sent south to their headquarters in London and is not spent locally.”

Rosie urged Richmond residents to support the shop.

She said: “The shops are a very good way of raising money for the charity and the great work it does.

“It is a local charity to Hambleton and Richmondshire so customers know their money is going to help local people.”