Hospice of the Valley
A POPULAR shop which was set to close has now been saved thanks to a landlord offering a home rent free for at least one year.
The future looked bleak last year for a charity shop in Blaenavon belonging to Hospice of the Valley, which had been operating for some 13 years.
Crippling maintenance costs, coupled with a 50 per cent fall in profits meant the hospice was left with no choice but to close the shop on Broad Street.
However the shop’s volunteers and local residents did not take the news lightly and contacted their local councillors Stuart Evans and Janet Jones to see if there was any support they could offer.
And at the eleventh hour a landlord, who wishes to remain anonymous, came forward and offered an alternative premise rent free for a minimum of one year.
Councillor Jones said: “The charity shop is very popular with people in Blaenavon. It sells a lot of lovely items and the money made helps to keep the hospice running.
“It has been here for years and when volunteers asked for help, Stuart and I knew that we needed to do all we could.
“Fortunately we were able to find someone who would help. It is fantastic news, not just for the hospice, but for Blaenavon.”
And Cllr Evans added: “They can continue their great work at the new premise now.”
Alison Stallard, who is in charge of income generation and marketing at the hospice: said: “This is an unbelievable outcome for the charity and we cannot thank the local councillors and the landlord enough for their support and kindness.
“It was a very difficult decision to make, but there really wasn’t any other option. When we met with Stuart and Janet and they told us what was on offer we really could not believe it.
“These people really do have the best interests of the local community at heart and didn’t want to see another shop disappear from their high street. We really cannot thank them enough
“This was incredible news for the charity and mean that because the expenditure has been reduced greatly, the shops profits will become far more significant, allowing the shop to continue contributing to the work of the hospice in a positive and profitable way.”
The shop opened last month opposite the previous premise on Broad Street.
Source; South Wales Argus
Date; 7th of January 2019