The opening of a new charity shop to support St Christopher’s Hospice was held on Friday, January 25. The Brownhill Road shop in Catford is one out of 23 across South London supporting the end-of-life care organisation.
The charity, its trustees and volunteers welcomed Catford locals – supporters and passers-by – as well as Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan, local MP Janet Daby and live performances from The Cake Appreciation Society Barbershop Group.
Founded in 1967, St Christopher’s Hospice provides support for residents across five London boroughs; Lewisham, Southwark, Croydon, Bromley and Lambeth.
Lewisham Local’s Development Lead Sam Hawksley said: “The opening of St Christopher’s charity shop in Lewisham was a great event. Charity shops are important for the community as they provide a great way to recycle pre-loved items, engage local people and raise much needed funds for local good causes. The ‘Power Hour’ where shoppers could access 50% off also helped draw more numbers.”
In 2016, UK think-tank Demos released their report “Shopping for good: the social benefits of charity retail”. The survey revealed that UK charity shops generated over £270 million in profits in 2015/16. In addition, they are decreasing CO2 emissions up to an estimated 6.9 million tonnes per year.
Asking Catford local and NYR Organic Consultant Shea Hollis, she said: “I personally use charity shops a great deal. I buy a lot of my own clothes in them as it is better environmentally and ethically. I was sad to see the Age Concern shop on Catford Broadway close recently, so I hope St Christopher’s can make this one work as they are such a wonderful, local cause.”