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4th Jul, 2022

Farm shop customers boost hospice coffers

GENEROUS farm shop customers have helped boost the coffers of Shakespeare Hospice to the tune of nearly £2,400.

Lower Clopton Farm Shop stocks Christmas cards on behalf of the hospice every year and sold a record 558 packs across the festive season, raising an impressive £2,362.

The support comes at a crucial time for the hospice, which has seen its retail shops close on several occasions over the past year due to the national coronavirus restrictions.

While its shops remain closed, the hospice is still selling items through its website and eBay page to generate much-needed funds.

Becky Sewell, retail operations manager for the Shakespeare Hospice, said: “Every Christmas, Lower Clopton Farm Shop show their support by displaying and selling our festive cards and goodies to their customers. This Christmas, the restock requests just kept coming through and we were so delighted with the customer reaction to our cards.

“In 2020, our retail shops were heavily impacted by lockdown restrictions, and the farm shops ongoing support was hugely appreciated and more valuable than ever.”

Tracey Gardner, Lower Clopton Farm Shop manager, said: “We sell the cards for the hospice every year and this is the best year we’ve had.

“I think a lot more people were sending cards this Christmas and we were happy to do what we could to support the hospice’s work.”

The Shakespeare Hospice only receives an 11 percent contribution from the NHS towards its

£2.4million annual operating costs and income generated through its shops helps it provide vital front-line services, including end-of-life and palliative care, adult and children’s bereavement and carer support, all of which are currently being delivered remotely or out in the community.

Visit www.theshakespearehospice.org for more information on the Shakespeare Hospice, and www.lowerclopton.co.uk for information on Lower Clopton Farm Shop.

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