Goodbye Horsell Bookshop

This week, we marked the closure of Horsell Bookshop with a tea party, attended by retail staff and volunteers as well as Senior Management from the Hospice, including Rhod Lofting, Hospice Founder and Life President.

Cups of tea were passed around and there was plenty of cake, as 10 years of trading in second hand books, was celebrated. Speeches and presentations were made by the Retail Operations Manager Rosemary Vyse, Volunteer Services Operations Manager Gary Wood, Rhod Lofting and Shop Manager Penny Roberts.

The shop has been superbly supported by hardworking volunteers over the years and the fantastic turnout at the goodbye party was testament to this dedication. Everyone present was warmly invited to continue volunteering with the hospices in another capacity and we hope that Gary Wood’s invitation to go and talk to him about the countless other ways that they can show their support for us, will be taken up by as many of the team as possible.

Although a much-loved focal point in the area, the sad decision to close Horsell bookshop was made due to a decline in the book trade and falling sales over the last 2 years. Rosemary Vyse, Retail Manager explained “When analysing the success of retail operations, we need to ensure our retail outlets are as efficient as possible and that each year they increase their contribution towards the running of the Hospice and unfortunately the Horsell book shop has not been performing. This performance is in no way a reflection of all the hard work and dedication of the Manager and her team of volunteers. The local community has also been very supportive over the years which has enabled us to continue and we would like to thank them for their support, but the future of the shop is just not financially viable.”

The Hospice Shop shop in Horsell remains open and we hope that the community will continue to show their support by shopping at our other 16 retail operations across the area which all remain open.

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