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We are thrilled to announce that Hospice in the Weald has been shortlisted in the 2023 Charity Retail Awards in the Environmental and Sustainability category.
At Hospice in the Weald, one of our strategic goals for the next three years is to build on our social and environmental sustainability. We have incorporated this goal into how we deliver our retail operation in several ways, one of which is reducing our waste whilst increasing our recycling and the use of £2 outlet stores.
With 24 charity shops and six furniture shops across West Kent and East Sussex, we are looking at how to minimise waste across our retail division. We are pleased to report it has reduced overall waste by over a quarter during 2022-2023. This has resulted in savings in the region of £20,000.
Head of Retail, Sharon Gills, explained how the team is increasingly aware of the Hospice’s focus on social and environmental sustainability: “Being shortlisted in the Charity Retail Awards is a wonderful recognition of the work we are doing to improve sustainability. Through an in-store poster campaign, and by working with shop managers and all retail colleagues, everyone now understands what can be recycled and what can be sold.
“It really has been a team effort and I applaud every member of our retail staff for so diligently following our focus on recycling. Additionally, over the last year, 75% of our shops have started selling books through Ziffit. This innovative service enables books to be given a new lease of life and stands by the principle that no book should ever only be read once.”
From these initiatives alone, the Hospice’s retail division has contributed £421,891 of the £8 million that we need for Hospice in the Weald to continue to provide support for those with a terminal illness and their family members across West Kent and East Sussex.
Sharon and colleague Katie Squirrell will be representing the Hospice at the awards ceremony, which is taking place in Harrogate on Wednesday 28th June.
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