Rowcroft Hospice celebrates ‘More than a shop’ Week

Daisy Hall
Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 22:02

Rowcroft Hospice is joining the nation in celebrating ‘More than a shop’ Week – the Charity Retail Association’s campaign that aims to raise awareness of the significance of charity shops and their multifaceted contributions to society. Running between 22-29 April, ‘More than a shop’ Week draws attention to the fact that charity shops offer more than just a regular high street shopping experience; they play a meaningful role that delivers a range of charitable, social and environmental benefits to the local community and beyond.

"There are so many reasons to support the UK’s charity shops,” said Rowcroft’s Head of Retail Caroline Wannell. “Firstly, they are sustainability superstars, diverting a staggering 339,000 tonnes of clothing from landfills annually by providing a platform for reuse and recycling. We're championing environmental stewardship and paving the way for a greener future. By donating your items or shopping for pre-loved goods, you're helping to cut down on waste and you’re giving things a second chance to shine.

“We're all about sustainable style. With a wide range of pre-loved clothing and accessories, you can curate a wardrobe that's as unique as you are – without breaking the bank or harming the planet.”

Beyond their environmental impact, charity shops serve as vibrant community hubs where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together to connect and share stories.

"At the heart of our charity shops lies a spirit of inclusivity and community,” continued Caroline Wannell. “Whether you're a dedicated volunteer, a first-time customer, or someone who supports us through donations of high quality goods, you'll always find a warm welcome and a sense of belonging. Our 15 shops and cafes are more than just retail spaces; they’re places that bring people together and build connections. So next time you're out and about, pop in and say hello. We'd love to see you!”

In addition to their social and environmental contributions, charity shops play an important role as fundraisers for charitable causes. Each year, UK charity shops collectively raise over £300 million, providing essential funding for charities such as Rowcroft Hospice which rely on this income to deliver vital services to those in need.

"Our shops across South Devon, and our online shops at eBay, Vinted and Etsy, raise crucial funds to deliver end-of-life care to our local community,” added Caroline Wannell. “They provide a lifeline for countless individuals and families who are facing the hardest times imaginable. By shopping with us, our customers are not only finding great deals, they're helping Rowcroft care for around 2,500 patients with life-limiting illnesses each year, and they’re making a tangible difference to the lives of local people."

Moreover, charity shops contribute to the vibrancy of local high streets, attracting footfall and supporting neighbouring businesses. Their presence helps to create dynamic, thriving communities where everyone feels valued and included.

As ‘More than a shop’ Week unfolds, Rowcroft Hospice encourages everyone to show their support by donating, shopping, or volunteering at their local charity shops. Every action, no matter how small, contributes to building a brighter, more sustainable future for all. To find out more about Rowcroft’s shops, please go to