Support our virtual shop plea by hospice

Juliet Dubberley, Online Retail Manager at St Giles Hospice, packing a fragile item ready for safe delivery

St Giles Hospice call for eBay support

Online shoppers are being asked to support a local charity during the latest lockdown by visiting the St Giles Hospice eBay charity shop.

Although St Giles, which offers care at tis centres in Whittington and Sutton Coldfield and in patients’ own homes across the region, has had to temporarily close its high street shops in response to the Government’s latest Coronavirus safety measures, the hospice’s popular online eBay shop currently lists more than 550 items for sale.

St Giles Hospice Head of Retail Lynwen Truesdale said: “The money raised by St Giles Hospice shops plays a vital role in funding the services which we offer our patients. But as we have had to close our high street shops and cancel many fundraising events during the COVID-19 crisis our message to our online shoppers is that we’ve never needed you more than we do right now.”

Since its launch in February 2006, the St Giles eBay shop has raised more than £850,000 to support the hospice in its work caring for patients living with a terminal illness and their families, and it sells a range of books, magazines, toys and games, jewellery, shoes and clothing, collectibles and more.

Lynwen added, “We have a wide range of books, toys and games which are just the thing for keeping everyone engaged and entertained during lockdown. We also have make up, beauty and healthcare products and gift sets, perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts.

“Our high street shops may be closed at the moment but people can still support us by shopping online in our eBay online charity shop, which is still very much open for business.”

Lynwen added that the charity has ‘top-rated seller’ status on eBay, meaning that St Giles Hospice is one of eBay’s most reputable sellers, consistently delivering outstanding customer service with a five-star rating and positive feedback.

As well as more mainstream items, quirky and unique items go up for sale frequently on the online charity shop. Over the years these have included a 1608 leather-bound ‘Geneva Bible’ which sold for £850; a rare Royal Doulton Sir Francis Drake Toby Jug which sold for £483; and a Royal Doulton Ali Baba figurine, which sold for £1,500.

One donated item sold on the eBay online store raised an amazing £4,256 for St Giles Hospice – a pair of rare Zeiss WWII German U-Boat commander’s binoculars. 

“We can’t wait to re-open our high street shops, but until then, please continue to shop with us online,” said Lynwen. “We’d ask all of our supporters to spread the word to friends and family so that they can support us too. 

“Although our shops are currently closed, we need to raise £850,000 every single month just to keep our services going and our dedicated care teams are still out there working 24/7 in our hospices and out in our community.”

You can find out more and visit the St Giles Hospice eBay online charity shop at www.stgileshospice.com/ebay

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