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35 stories for 35 years: Hospice opens first shop

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35 stories for 35 years: Hospice opens first shop

On February 1988, the Hospice opened its first shop in Bury St Edmunds. The shop in 35a St John’s Street was so small that customers had to wait for those inside to come out because more than three at a time (plus two assistants) rivalled the crowds at the Winter sales. A year later the shop moved to larger premises a few doors down to 39 St John’s Street and since then it has moved again to 87 St John’s Street.

The Hospice opened its second shop in Sudbury in 1989. The shop at 8 Gainsborough Street celebrated its 30th birthday this year and long-serving volunteer Margaret Stuart has been supporting the shop with her professional window dressing skills for the last 25 years.

Sudbury shop volunteer Margaret Stuart