St Leonard’s Hospice will not be reopening its charity shop in Pocklington
St Leonard’s Hospice has announced that it will not be reopening its charity shop in Pocklington.
The shop closed on Monday, March 23 as part of the first national lockdown.
There have been no redundancies in the retail team because of this closure.
Those staff who have been impacted have been redeployed into other retail roles in one of St Leonards’ 12 other shops.
The hospice still plans to have presence in the area and is currently looking for alternative premises for supporters to both shop and donate in.
Helen Moreton, retail manager at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “We have made the very difficult decision to close Pocklington.
“This is because of the ongoing restrictions and social distancing rules in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The shop is so small that safe social distancing would be impossible and we need to ensure the safety of both our shop team and customers in the current climate.
“We have been trading in Pocklington since 1993 and we have thoroughly enjoyed being part of local community.
“We want to thank all the fantastic customers who have supported us over the years. We’d also like to thank our landlord, Jonathan Atkinson. Both he and his family have offered great support to St Leonard’s Hospice for over 27 years.
“We still have ambitious growth plans but we require larger trading premises in order to generate income for the hospice, so it can continue to provide the best quality of care and support to local patients and their families.”