THANKS to the hard work of hospice retail staff and in-kind community support, Tynedale’s leading hospice has had a much needed makeover at its flagship store.

Tynedale Hospice at Home’s charity shop has been a firm fixture on Hexham’s Battle Hill for 24 years. The shop, which sells second hand household goods and clothing, has been closed since March 19, along with its three other shops, which accounts for over a third of the charity’s income.

The hospice has now opened up space on the ground floor of its Hexham shop and made way for a new vintage, antique and retro area on the first floor. This has allowed a one-way system, making it easier for customers to practice social distancing.

Retail operations manager Ashleigh Trotter said: “Our Hexham shop was already difficult for customers to navigate, in such an old building and with every space full.

“Prior to Covid-19, we were thinking about how we could open up the shop floor to provide more space for customers. Over the last few weeks, we’ve had in-kind support and help from local businesses to make this happen and we are delighted with the results.”

The hospice had support from local artist, Tracy Read, of YC Art, who painted a mural to brighten up the shop and direct people to the shop’s new vintage area.

“It was such a pleasure to help and I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to give a little back to such a fabulous local charity”, said Tracey.

The shop plans to reopen later in the month.