WITH charity shops in Hexham, Prudhoe and Ponteland, Tynedale Hospice at Home is no stranger to local retail.

But a much larger store is set to take it to another level.

Later this month, the charity will unveil Tynedale Hospice Furniture at Home - a 3,000 square foot store just off the A69 Bridge End Industrial Estate in Hexham, selling second-hand furniture.

David Parkinson, Retail Operation Manager at Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: "It’s a game change for us. We are so proud of our shops across our area but we’re taking what we’ve learned running those outlets and taken it up a level.

“At a time when there is already increased interest in vintage furniture, economic uncertainty means people are looking for bargains. As our communities start to recover their confidence after two years living with Covid-19, people literally want to begin their charity at home.

“And we shouldn’t forget our environmental impact. Why buy new when you can recycle at a fraction of the cost?”

The charity were granted permission for a change of use on the property earlier this year.

All furniture has been donated by local charity supporters - with transport available to pick up larger items.

Once opened, income generated will directly benefit local families.

Tynedale Hospice at Home enables people to receive nursing care in their own homes. It also provides hospital transport for those with a life limiting diagnosis.

In addition, it provides post-bereavement services to assist families.

Charlotte Pearson, Head of Income Generation at Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: "With every project we undertake at Tynedale Hospice at Home, we are overwhelmed with the support from our community. Our patients and service users are at the heart of everything we do and this venture is no different. So much work has already gone into this venture.

“We’d particularly like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses who have offered in-kind and discounted services as well as volunteers who have supported our staff to prepare for opening.”

Tynedale Hospice at Home currently run charity shops in Hexham, Prudhoe, and Ponteland, as well as a bookshop in Hexham.

For further information on shop opening times and how to donate furniture please visit www.tynedalehospice.com