St Wilfrid’s vintage fair raises thousands for hospice

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Shoppers looking to bag some retro bargains helped raise more than £7,200 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice at its first A Vintage Affair event.

People were queuing before the doors of the Assembly Rooms opened, while some visitors travelled from as far as Brighton to browse the rails.

The event, held last Friday (August 31), was organised by the hospice’s retail department, which runs 11 shops, to help celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary and raise much-needed funds so it can continue providing specialist palliative care to people across the community.

Manager of Chichester’s South Street shop Leon Stanton said: “Staff and customers had a brilliant time – one customer even bought the suit I was wearing on the day!

“For those who missed the event, items left over will be on sale at our Chichester South Street, Emsworth 
and East Wittering shops by the weekend and will remain there until the Goodwood Revival.”

Items for sale were arranged by decade and as well as high-quality clothing, there was furniture and homeware, children’s games and toys and other collectables.

During the day, Dawn’s Vintage Do and the hospice’s own ukulele band provided a suitable soundtrack for shoppers, while refreshments were available in a traditional tearoom.

Trading manager Siobhan Robinson said it was a huge team effort and that everyone involved was thrilled with its success, while Felpham shop manager Sue Painter described the event as ‘phenomenal’.

The hospice’s care is free to all patients, but it relies on the generosity of the public for 86 per cent of its costs, and receives just 14 per cent from the government. As well as the inpatient unit, it also runs a Hospice At Home service, a day hospice and provides physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as a counselling service.

For more information on St Wilfrid’s Hospice visit www.stwh.co.uk