Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s charity specialist bookshop that has been in Weybridge for many years is moving to a new home, that will still be in Weybridge, and before the third national lockdown our staff and volunteers were busy packing up all the books to be kept safely in storage until we are able to push forward with the move and reopen.
We have been extremely fortunate to have been given support on this move from local business Luxfords of Weybridge, who stepped in to donate to us all the storage boxes we needed and transported all our stock of books and vinyl to safe storage.
“Over the past 10 or so years, I have lost three very special ladies from my life and two of them spent their last days being cared for in Woking Hospice” commented Colin Craib, Branch Manager of Luxfords of Weybridge. “As soon as I saw the Facebook post from the Hospice asking for support with the book shop move I knew this was something I wanted to help with. While income for charities has been massively restricted due to the pandemic, with shops being closed, charity events being cancelled, there was no way I could watch what should be a good source of income for the hospice, actually cost them money to move and rehome.”
Kerry Bennett, Marketing and Retail Director for Woking & Sam Beare Hospice adds: “We are incredibly grateful to Luxfords of Weybridge for the generous support given to us with storage boxes and transportation of the stock from our Weybridge bookshop. All the books and vinyl that have been kindly donated needed to be stored safely ready for when we are able to reopen in our new location.
“The details on the move are still being finalised and with the current lockdown this has incurred some extra delay but we are very excited that things are moving forward and as soon as we can we will be reopening in Weybridge.”
In addition to the support with moving our bookshop the Hospice is very excited that going forward Luxfords of Weybridge have offered to donate the furniture they collect from house clearances to our charity shops.
Colin comments: “Luxfords is a very family orientated business and we have always tried to help out in the local community where possible, be it collecting furniture for charity shops, donating vehicles for local events or just gifting packing materials for charity shops to pack up items. We have always liked to help and will continue to do so, particularly even more so in times when it is needed most.”
Kerry adds: “This future partnership with Luxfords of Weybridge means we will be able to increase the volume of high quality items we can offer to our customers and in turn this will help us to generate vital funds in support of the delivery of our care to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. We are extremely grateful to Luxfords, as we are with all businesses that support us and work with us.”
Luxfords of Weybridge is now also a part of the Hospice’s Business Support Group, which is formed of likeminded community businesses who want to support a local charity and build their networks with one another.
For more information about the business group click here