Charity's electrifying new retail recharge

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has invested in a new electric van for its retail operation.

The charity’s 13 shops provide much-needed income for the hospice in Stoke Mandeville and the electric van will move donations from the public around their shops in Bucks.

Funding for the van was provided by Angels Den, Fairhive, Perrys, Travis Perkins and West Herts Charity Trust.

Head of Retail Lily Caswell said: ‘One of the ways we plan to meet the growing need for hospice care is to keep increasing the income we raise in our shops.

‘We are growing our shop numbers – we now have 13 shops from Buckingham to Beaconsfield, and plans to open more.

‘We rely on our retail van to transfer stock between our shops and make the best use of the donations we are given.

‘Our van covers an amazing 16,000 miles a year and moves tonnes of clothing, accessories, books and toys to keep our shops full of amazing product for our customers to buy.’

All sale proceeds are invested into hospice care, providing end-of-life support to people in their homes and at the hospice in Stoke Mandeville.

Ms Caswell added: ‘Our big blue electric van will support sustainable shopping in Buckinghamshire, with zero emissions, to ultimately raise as much money as possible for hospice care. Helping local people, while helping the planet at the same time – what could be better than that?’

Donors and staff outside the hospice with the new electric van.