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St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Brandon to close after 20 years due to drop in profits

A charity shop which has been based in a town for 20 years is to shut after a fall in profits.

St Nicholas Hospice Care has announced it will close the doors to its Brandon store for the final time on Saturday, December 30.

The charity said profits at the shop, in London Road, had dropped in recent years and it could not afford to run the branch at a loss.

St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Brandon
St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Brandon

St Nicholas Hospice Care was speaking to a ‘small number of paid staff’ who will be impacted by the closure of the store, which has been based in the town since 2003.

Karen Fulcher, head of retail and catering at the charity, said: “After careful consideration, we have sadly decided to close our St Nicholas Hospice Care shop in Brandon.

“Despite wonderful support from the community, unfortunately, the challenges posed by the current economic climate have made it increasingly difficult for us.

“We are sad that we have seen the shop’s profit drop in recent years and with an opportunity to come out of the lease next year; we have made the difficult decision to close.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to the shop’s dedicated volunteers and staff and, of course, we thank our customers and supporters, for their kindness.

“While the decision to close the shop is undoubtedly a difficult one, we remain committed to our mission of supporting those facing dying, death and grief across the Brandon community.

“We will close our doors for the last time on Saturday, December 30, and we hope until then the community will continue to use and support the shop, as all funds raised will help make a difference.”