A CHARITY shop in Crosby which supports hospice and neurological care has been forced to close over a change in lease.
Sue Ryder, on College Road, will shut its doors for a final time tomorrow (Thursday) after bosses said it was “no longer financially viable to remain open.”
The shop opened 15 years ago and with the help of volunteers selling second hand items, it raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help treat hospice patients in the UK.
Diane Adams, the Crosby shop manager, said “We made the difficult decision to close following a change in the conditions of the shop’s lease. Unfortunately it will no longer be financially viable to remain open.
“Sue Ryder is a charitable organisation and we need to raise as much money as we can to support our incredible care for people with conditions like cancer, heart failure, acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis.
“We’d like to thank all those who have supported the Crosby shop since it opened 15 years ago. The dedication of our volunteers, who range from teenagers to retirees, has been incredible, and six of them have been with us for over five years.
“We also can’t thank our customers enough, as well as all those who have so kindly donated items to the shop. Together we have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in support of Sue Ryder’s care.
“All stock in the Crosby shop, along with fixtures and fittings, will go to our other Sue Ryder shops. There’s also still a chance to pick up a bargain here in Crosby before we close on Thursday.
“We thank you for your continued support in helping Sue Ryder provide incredible care for people with life-changing conditions.”
For donations you can arrange to have furniture collected for free from your home by filling in a form at www.sueryder.org/furniture