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Property Lawyers Support Charity Shop in Withington

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Francis House Children’s Hospice has opened a brand new charity shop and the Commercial Property team at Pearson were only too happy to help out by making sure the moving day deadline was met.

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After the pandemic closed their former charity shop a brand new site in busy Withington was found and the Pearson Commercial Property team was instructed to sort the leases out and make sure deadlines were kept.

“It was great working with Francis House Children's Hospice. They do great work and I was happy to be able to help them with the lease for their new charity shop premises.

There were a few minor issues to overcome, as often is the case, but working closely with Rachel at Francis House we were able to overcome them. I am pleased they are now up and running.” said the Commerical Property Solicitor.

Francis House Charity Shop

The premises, located at 470 Wilmslow Road, are big and bright, and staff and volunteers are hoping to attract a new clientele, as well as entice back their many regular donors and shoppers.

The charity shop sells everything from clothing, shoes, books, toys, toiletries, textiles and bric-a-brac to help raise funds for the charity.

Jason Connor, charity shop manager, said volunteers couldn’t wait to get back to work after the shutters were pulled down during the pandemic.

“They’ve all been chomping at the bit; they’ve been bored and a lot of them like to be kept busy that’s why they work for us as well as giving something back.

It’s a good opportunity to move to Withington. If we’d moved further away, we might have lost the volunteers as 80 per cent walked to work. They have been a big help in setting up the new shop and have gone straight back into doing what they did before, so we’ve not had to train all new staff.

Withington is a busier area for donations and for footfall. There are a lot more students here so it will be interesting to see what the custom will be and what people think of the new shop.”

Visitors to the new shop will find plenty of items to choose from including shoes and toys as well as more unusual items. Golfers may be interested in thousands of golf balls donated by a local golfer who finds the discarded balls whilst out walking his dog. The golf balls of varying price ranges are available to buy on request.

Francis House has been providing care to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and support to their families since 1991. Based in Didsbury, Manchester, the hospice relies on charitable donations to fund the majority of the £12,900 daily running costs.

Staff at Pearson nominated the children’s hospice as their 2022 charity of the year and as well as Easter knitting challenges and dress down Friday donations, have a three peaks of Saddleworth sponsored walk challenge planned for September.

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