Monday, July 4, 2011

News: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice to open new retail premises in Rotherham town centre


Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice has secured retail space in Rotherham town centre for a new fundraising shop.

Based at North Anston, Bluebell Wood provides care and support to families who have a child who has a life limiting condition and is not expected to live into adulthood.

The charity has taken a long-term lease on a 2,500 sq ft, three-storey unit at 12 Wellgate that will be the charity's seventh retail outlet, selling quality second hand clothing, books and DVDs, as well as Bluebell Wood's attractive stationary range, beautiful new ornaments and seasonal goods.

Rotherham-based commercial property agents Burgess Commercial secured the deal.

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, said: "We are really excited to be opening our first shop in Rotherham town centre. We are delighted to have found suitable premises in an excellent location. Burgess Commercial were extremely helpful and have enabled us to move in as quickly as possible, with a view to opening the shop in late July."

Neil Keally, Director of Burgess Commercial, said: "This spacious new shop will help Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice raise funds to continue its important work with children and families from across the region.

The northern side of Wellgate provides an excellent location, close to the town centre and will benefit from a good level of footfall. This unit was particularly suitable because it has more recently been used by Eton as a designer clothes shop, so all of the appropriate fixtures and fittings are in-situ. The property benefits from spacious attractive sales areas to both the ground and first floor, together with additional storage accommodation to the second floor."

Bluebell Wood supports around 150 children and young adults with shortened life expectancy, both in their homes and within the hospice where families are able to stay overnight. It does not receive any statutory Government funding and needs to raise £2.5m each year to continue running its services.

Bluebell Wood website
Burgess Commercial website



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