The Sandwich shop team, L-R:
Sandra Culver, Bridie Dodson, Angela Curtis and Louise Harris
Located at 18 King Street, close to the River Stour in beautiful, historic Sandwich, the town’s local Pilgrims Hospices’ shop opened to the public in 2008.
The shop will hold a Brand New with Tags event between 23 February – 2 March 2023, when shoppers will be able to purchase new, unworn high street brand items at charity shop prices. These popular events have been running at Pilgrims’ shops across east Kent for several years, enabling the local community to bag a bargain whilst raising vital funds for hospice care.
Jenny Byrne works as Area Support Manager across all 31 Pilgrims’ shops. Her role is varied, and includes helping to streamline shop operations by moving stock, merchandising and working on specific projects, including the Brand New with Tags events.
The Sandwich shop is managed by Bridie Dodson, a Sandwich local, and Louise Harris from Wingham, who are supported by a dedicated volunteer team including Sandra Culver and Angela Curtis. Both Sandra and Angela’s husbands were cared for by Pilgrims; their first-hand experiences inspired them to support the charity.
Angela, a former nurse, midwife and health visitor, said: “What I love about volunteering is seeing regular customers and being part of a team; everyone is supportive and so lovely. I enjoy giving something back, it’s so important. I would tell anyone to give it a go; come in and grab a volunteering form, we would love to have you!”
Jenny added: “Thank you to all our kind and generous supporters; you have enabled us to put on this fabulous Brand New with Tags event at our Sandwich store. We are all looking forward to seeing you when our door opens on 23 February and feel sure you’ll bag a bargain.”
These are just some of the items and outfits that will be available during the event:
- Per Una jacket with Alice Rinaldi silk blend daisy top and Red Herring jeans
BNWT price: Under £45
- Topshop tunic dress
New: £36 / BNWT price: £12
- Pure wrap top
New: £70 / BNWT price: £23.50
- Great Plains black and white embroidered dress
New: £65 / BNWT price: £22
- River Island necklace
New: £16 / BNWT price: £5.50
- Uniqlo ribbed jacket
New: £40 / BNWT price: £13
The shop’s Brand New with Tags event will run from Thursday 23 February – Thursday 2 March 2023; visit pilgrimshospices.org/sandwich-bnwt for full details.
If you’d like to volunteer in Pilgrims’ shops, visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer to find out more.