St Giles Hospice volunteers celebrate 30 years of the charity's Shenstone warehouse

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A charity’s distribution centre in Lichfield is celebrating 30 years by appealing for more volunteers.
St Giles Hospice volunteers celebrate 30 years of the charity’s Shenstone warehouse
The St Giles Hospice facility at Birchbrook Industrial Park in Shenstone supports the Whittington-based charity’s shops across the region. The centre’s manager, Tracey Kelly, said demand had increased significantly over the past 30 years: “St Giles Hospice’s shops have evolved to become an enjoyable and modern shopping experience with the customer at their centre. In return, our distribution centre has had to rise to the challenge of modernising too by redesigning the way we process the many wonderful donations and goods we receive. “In recent years, even more people have donated items to the hospice to support its work as well as to recycle and become more eco-friendly.” The Shenstone warehouse is open on weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm and receives donations directly from the public, which are sold via the St Giles Hospice shops. A dedicated team of volunteers and staff sort through the items, which they deliver to each shop according to demand. As the distribution centre has modernised over the years, so new volunteering opportunities have also become available. Tracey added: “Volunteers are such an integral part of the work of the hospice and are welcome to give as much or as little time as they would like, even if it is just a few hours a week. “Any help that they can offer is greatly appreciated and desperately needed at our Shenstone warehouse. “In return, volunteers are rewarded with friendship and are given the opportunity to work for a local charity and help to raise funds to treat people with life-threatening illnesses. They become a valued member of a team and an important and integral part of St Giles’ volunteer workforce. “We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic people who are willing to share their knowledge and skills in an interesting environment. Interests or hobbies in areas such as fashion, books or IT could be vital to us. We welcome and encourage people of all ages, male or female, to contact us.” Some of the items donated are also available via the St Giles Hospice eBay shop. For more details on volunteering, call Tracey on 01543 483266 or email warehouse@stgileshospiceshops.co.uk.

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