22nd July 2024

    Happy birthday to Pilgrims Hospices Deal shop! Celebrating 40 years of community support and compassion

    Pilgrims Hospices Shop on Deal High Street is celebrating a remarkable milestone: 40 years of dedicated service to the community.

    To mark this special occasion, the shop at 128 High Street will re-open on Thursday 25 July 2024 after a significant refurbishment.

    Celebrating 40 years of community impact

    Since opening its doors in 1984, Pilgrims Hospices Deal shop has been more than just a charity shop. Originally a grocery store, the shop has transformed into a cornerstone of the community, offering a friendly space to chat and browse through an eclectic range of quality clothing, traditional bric-a-brac, household items, and books.

    “We are incredibly grateful to the Deal community for their unwavering support over the past 40 years. This milestone is a testament to the generosity and compassion of our supporters,” said Rebecca (Bex) Carden, the shop manager.

    A mission of compassion

    The primary mission of Pilgrims Hospices Deal shop is to support Pilgrims Hospices in providing care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

    The shop has become a beloved spot for locals, known for its warm atmosphere and the friendly faces of its dedicated volunteers.

    Community impact

    Over the years, many volunteers have brought energy and smiles to this special little shop. Notably, in the early 2000s, the National Association of Charity Shops recognised Deal hospice shop as the single most profitable charity shop among 6,192 evaluated nationwide. This achievement highlights the incredible support from the community and the hard work of its volunteers and staff.

    Volunteer Linda Jackson shared a cherished photograph from July 2003 featuring her mother, Peggy Shirley, alongside Joy Olive, Dorothy Cordell, and herself.

    Deal volunteers: Peggy Shirley, Joy Olive, Dorothy Cordell and Linda Jackson

    Mrs. Shirley was an original volunteer when the shop first opened in July 1984, and her legacy continues to inspire the current team.

    Exciting new look and celebrations

    Bex Carden and Jenny Byrne, Pilgrims Retail team

    The shop closed temporarily for refurbishment work during summer 2024, with the team working hard to unveil a fresh, updated look.

    It is set to re-open on Thursday 25 July 2024.

    “We’re all very excited as we get ready to re-open the shop. We have wonderful new shop fittings that will help to showcase the many items that the community kindly donates to us,” said Bex.

    “We are so incredibly grateful for the generous support of our donors and customers over the years. Thank you to each and every one.”

    Bex, who transitioned from a teaching career to manage the shop, added:

    “My role with Pilgrims is really enjoyable. I know that the work I do here, along with my colleagues and volunteers, is making a real difference to those in need of end-of-life care.”

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the shop will host an afternoon tea and cake event for past and present volunteers and staff. This will be a wonderful opportunity to honour those who have been part of the Pilgrims shop community over the years.

    Brand New With Tags event

    The shop will also hold a special Brand New With Tags event to mark its re-opening.

    Beginning on Thursday 25 July, for one week only, the shop will be filled with new, unworn high street brand items at charity shop prices.

    Find out more and join the Facebook event to let your friends know you’re coming.

    We invite the community to join us in celebrating this significant milestone. Visit our newly refurbished shop at 128 High Street, Deal CT14 6BB, donate items, or consider volunteering.

    Your continued support is crucial in helping Pilgrims Hospices provide vital care to patients and their families.

    You can also find and follow our Deal shop on Facebook and Instagram.

    We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the community and everyone involved in the shop’s success. We look forward to welcoming you back to our newly refurbished store and continuing our mission to support those in need of Pilgrims Hospices care, now and in the future.

    Pilgrims Hospices is a charity dedicated to providing expert care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses in east Kent. Our services ensure comfort, dignity, and quality of life for patients and their families, offering compassionate care both in hospice settings and in the community.

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