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Helen Hayes MP opens new St Christopher’s shop

Helen Simmons, Eleanor Brown, Helen Hayes, Andy Simmons, Margy Newens and Tyrell Evans at the St Christopher's shop in West Dulwich

Featuring a discount power hour and VIPs, come down to our Dulwich shop opening bonanza!

St Christopher’s new shop was officially opened by Helen Hayes MP on Saturday 27 January.

The MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was joined by staff and volunteers from the charity as well as eager shoppers and local councillors as she cut the ribbon on the St Christopher’s store in West Dulwich.

It was a day packed full of shop openings for in Dulwich as we also officially re-opened our refurbished stores on Lordship Lane in the morning.

Mayor Michael Situ and volunteer Carolina cut the ribbon in East Dulwich

The Mayor of Southwark Michael Situ cut the ribbon at the East Dulwich shop. He was joined by an 89-year-old volunteer, Carolina, who has supported St Christopher’s for more than three decades.

The East Dulwich kids’ store, also on Lordship Lane, was officially re-opened by 18-year-old Ben Parish. As a youngster Ben received bereavement support through our child bereavement service, Candle, after his mum and grandad both died.

More than £4000 was spent across the three stores as shoppers flocked in to take advantage of a 25% discount power hour to celebrate the openings.

Helen Hayes cuts the ribbon with staff in West Dulwich

Helen Hayes MP said: I’m really delighted to see the new St Christopher’s shop in West Dulwich, it’s a great addition to the local area providing the opportunity to shop sustainably and to support the hospice which provides vital services for so many families in our local area.”

St Christopher’s Chief Executive, Helen Simmons, and the Deputy Chair of the board, Eleanor Brown, attended all three events. As well as Ms Hayes, local councillors Andy Simmons and Margy Newens were also in attendance at West Dulwich.

Focusing on premium fashion, our newest shop is located at the corner of Croxted Road and Park Hall Road, opposite Tesco Express in West Dulwich.

It’s our 24th shop across South London and swung open its doors for shoppers just before Christmas. It has brought in more than £20,000 in its first eight weeks of trading.

Ben Parish cuts the ribbon in East Dulwich at our kids' store

Each year we need to raise more than £16m to continue providing support and care for those in our communities.

Helen Simmons Chief Executive of St Christopher’s said:  “As a resident of Dulwich, I know how strong the support for St Christopher’s is here and the shop has been so well received by our community in its first few weeks of trading.

“Over the past year we’ve seen strong growth in our shops, and generated more money from them than ever before in 2022/23, which all goes towards our care for those at the end of life, as well as their loved ones.

“Community is so crucial to St Christopher’s and we’re so grateful to everyone who came out and celebrated with us on Saturday.”

Eleanor Brown, Dulwich resident, Chair of the Trading Board and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, said:

We’re delighted to open our latest shop within the thriving and vibrant community of West Dulwich.

“We in Dulwich are ardent supporters of St Christopher’s and there has already been wonderful feedback from residents about the new shop and the goods we have on offer.

“The ability for us to donate so close to home is fantastic and all helps us to raise the vital money for the care St Christopher’s delivers.”

“Every pound spent or item donated means we can continue to support people at the end of life and their loved ones.”

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