Kind-hearted managers from Anchor retirement housing properties in the North East will be running several charity shops on today (Friday 19 August) to help boost their profits.

The four women will use all their talents running their Anchor properties for older people to ensure they beat the usual day’s takings at the shops run by St Oswald’s Hospice across the region.

Claire Pinchard, from Laurel Court in Norfolk Street, will be taking over the branch in Bedford Street, North Shields, while friend Linda Vose, from Holly Court in Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, has accepted the challenge to run the charity shop in Park View. 

Meanwhile Sarah Brent, from Highmoor Court in Whitethorn Crescent, will manage the branch in Gosforth High Street while Terina Kirkwood, from St Columba Court in Cornhill Road, has accepted the challenge to run the charity shop in High Street West, Sunderland.

The competition runs from when the shops open at 8.30am to when they close at 4.30pm.

Terina said: “There are four Anchor managers who are taking over the shops run by St Oswalds in the North East for the day.

“We are really looking forward to the day and we are confident that we will hit our targets, thanks to the help of our tenants who know of the great work St Oswald’s Hospice does. Some of them have even agreed to help out on the day.

“The fact that we’re competing against the other four shops to have the most successful day adds an extra element and we all want to be winners on the day!” 

David Wood, Anchor’s Community Partnership Manager for North Shields, who helped organise this event, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with such an established North East charity and support them in the good work that they do.  

“The day will be great fun and continues with the many charity events we organise or support throughout the year. We hope members of the community will support this challenge and help raise money for such a worthwhile charity.”

Andrew Moir, Head of Retail at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “This will be the biggest simultaneous shop takeover we have ever been involved in and we are looking forward to seeing how they perform.

“St Oswald’s Hospice relies heavily on the support of our community, including our corporate partnerships such as this with Anchor. It is only through this support that we can continue to provide specialist care to thousands of North East patients and their families. 

“This year St Oswald's celebrates 30 years of care so we would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last three decades.”

St Oswald’s Hospice has 27 retail shops around the North East, where they sell a range of good quality, second-hand items, such as clothing, books, furniture and electrical goods. Annually their retail shops raise more than £2 million which helps to provide care and support for local people who use St Oswald’s Hospice services. 

To follow the day on Twitter use the hashtag #SOShopTakeover or follow @Anchor_Trust.

Good luck everyone!

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