Staff and volunteers at the St Barnabas House hospice shop in Wick, one of the charity’s busiest shops, have celebrated its 20th birthday.
A party was held last Wednesday, with guests including Littlehampton mayor Tracey Baker and Barnabee, the hospice mascot.
The highlight of the afternoon was a performance by dance students from The Littlehampton Academy, who treated guests to a surprise flash mob routine.
Suzanne Bennett, shop manager, said: “We all agreed the performance from The Littlehampton Academy was outstanding and it was wonderful to experience the energy and enthusiasm and to see how hard the girls had worked to perform so well.
“Thank you also to everyone who came along to celebrate with us at the party and for your support for the shop over the last 20 years.”
The party was also an opportunity to celebrate four of the shop’s long-standing volunteers, who were presented with awards by the mayor.
Barbara Greaves has served 20 years, her husband Roy has been there 10 years, Ralph Wadey has served 15 years and Jon Langley has completed five years.
The shop in Wick Street opened in 1999, a year after Littlehampton’s first St Barnabas House shop, in Anchor Springs.
Jan Harper, head of retail, said: “Wick is one of our busiest shops. Each week, our incredible team of staff and volunteers process and sell over 1,000 items.
“All this work means the Wick shop will raise enough funds this year to provide two whole weeks of care for local patients and their families and we would like to thank everyone for their generous support. Our customers and donors are not only supporting local hospice care but are also recycling on a large scale.”
The party was held during Hospice Care Week, an annual week of activity to raise awareness of hospice care across the UK. The theme this year was This is What it Takes, so St Barnabas House took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on what it takes to run the hospice and provide vital care services.
The Wick shop sells a large range of furniture, white goods, bric-a-brac, toys, games and books. It also has clothing and accessories for ladies, men and children. It is open seven days a week and staff can arrange for collection and delivery of large items of furniture.
The Anchor Springs shop celebrated its 20th birthday last summer, following refurbishment.