Raising vital funds for the hospice
Rowcroft is delighted to be re-opening its shop in Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, having been forced to close during the pandemic. The shop will throw its doors open to the public on Saturday 2 April, offering a mix of predominantly pre-loved quality items complemented by a small selection of new goods. All profits raised from the sales will go to fund vital care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses across South Devon.
The time is right to re-open
“Back in 2020, we took the very tough decision to withdraw from the retail property, largely due to the difficulties of trading during the pandemic,” said Rowcroft’s Head of Retail Caroline Wannell. “However, following the success of our recent Christmas pop-up shop and with shoppers now gaining new confidence in returning to the high street, we believe that the time is right to return permanently to Courtenay Street. With our new manager Sharon Gale in post, we’re optimistic for the months ahead and we’re very much looking forward to getting back to the job of generating much-needed income for the hospice.”
Come and browse in store
“Our Courtenay Street shop will showcase our wonderful spring and summer collection which includes sustainable and truly gorgeous gems such as striking ladies’ and men’s fashion,” said Caroline. “There are also superb accessories such as bags, hats and shoes, as well as homeware, toys, gifts, books and lots more, so please do pop in to take a look!”
Charity shops have never been so needed
Rowcroft’s decision to return to Newton Abbot has been welcomed by the local community at this time of economic challenge. With inflation at a 30-year high as prices soar for food, energy, fuel and other products, pressures on household budgets are intensifying. Against this backdrop, charity shops like Rowcroft’s are fulfilling an essential service to their local community by offering great value for money on goods such as clothing, footwear, homeware, furniture and electricals.
“During this time of financial challenge where wages are failing to keep up with the rising cost of living, people’s budgets are being squeezed from all directions,” said Caroline. “Within this harsh economic climate, Rowcroft’s shops across South Devon are meeting two vital community needs: offering good quality items at affordable prices; and funding the specialist care and support that Rowcroft provides to local patients and families who are facing the hardest of times.”
Rowcroft’s shops across South Devon
Rowcroft’s 15 shops across South Devon sell a wide range of products including pre-loved menswear, ladies’ fashion, children’s clothing, homeware, soft furnishings, electrical equipment and furniture. The shops are popular with customers young and old alike, appealing to those who prefer a greener shopping experience because most of the items are second-hand and recycled from the generous donations of the local community.
The instore shopping experience
“We know that nothing quite beats the in-store shopping experience – our customers love browsing the rails, never knowing what wonderful items they mind find (as our stock changes so regularly),” said Caroline. “And they really enjoy the warm and friendly customer experience, and chatting with our amazing managers and volunteers. It’s lovely to see our customers’ delight in finding unique sustainable items at affordable prices. They feel good knowing that the profit from their purchase is going to an excellent local cause – one that’s good for the South Devon community, good for the environment and good for their bank balance!
“We’re so grateful to all the generous people who donate and buy goods. It’s not just about the products – their kindness is essentially paying for the end-of-life care that Rowcroft’s delivers to its patients across South Devon. So if you’re spring cleaning and you want to free up some space in your wardrobe to make way for some stylish new pieces, please consider Rowcroft for your donations and purchases.”