GRIMSBY'S St Andrew's Hospice is opening a new ‘Andy's' retail outlet in Hull's leading shopping centre, as part of its ongoing commitment to caring for children and young people across the region.

Shops with the ‘Andy's' brand raise vital funds for the facility's children's hospice, which is the only one in the region providing palliative and end-of-life care for youngsters aged 0 to 25 years.

The latest store is on the East Arcade of Princes Quay – a prime location in the city centre and has been made possible thanks to the support of Princes Quay, which has made St Andrew's a charity partner, and regional commercial property specialists, Scotts.

Scotts, with offices in Grimsby and Hull, advises the Hospice on its retail portfolio and recently enabled the opening of a major new store at Bradley Cross Roads.

Partner at Scotts, Ed Chisholm, said: “The Andy's retail outlets support the children's hospice at St Andrew's, which is a much-needed facility. It is important to remember that this is the only service of its kind in the region and as such, it is vital that the communities on both the north and south banks of the Humber support it.”

The Princes Quay shop is due to open on February 26 and will be the second in Hull – the other is on Newland Avenue.

The store will feature a collection of high quality second-hand and pre-loved goods, including clothing, accessories and homeware, at affordable prices. Shoppers can donate quality clothing and items by dropping them off at the store once it is open. The charity also has Gift Aid and Loyalty options for customers, which help to raise an extra 25p in each pound made, at no extra cost to shoppers.

Shirley Kay, Retail Manager of the new store, said: “We are really excited to be opening this store in such a great location, which will give us a fantastic retail presence in the city of Hull.

“It is a real pleasure to be opening a store in a prestigious centre such as Princes Quay - it is a location that fits with our vision for charity retail in the future. 

“This new store will support Andy's - the children's unit at our hospice, which supports 0-25-year-olds with life-limiting illnesses from across the region. 

“The running costs at the hospice currently stand at £4.8-million a year, and we have to find 82 per cent of that total. This is why it is important to see an increase in our retail offering, which is a vital part of our income streams.” 

Sarah Smith, the centre's Marketing & Customer Services Manager, added: “Each year we support a number of charities through our events and initiatives in the centre, but this year we wanted to do even more to focus our efforts. 

“Bringing St Andrew's Hospice on board will give us more opportunities to help the charity raise much needed funds and I'm sure our generous shoppers will support them. As well as having a retail space within the centre, our management team will take part in a series of fundraising events throughout the year, so watch this space.”

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