by Henry James (June 2021)

ST Joseph’s Hospice is asking for support from the community after a devastating blaze destroyed its charity shop and furniture warehouse.

The hospice’s chief executive Mike Parr said it was “heartbreaking” that they lost everything in the fire at its major base at Warbreck Moor, Aintree last Tuesday afternoon (May 25).

He is now calling on the community for donations to help them replace lost items.

He is asking for the support of the community to help them replace all the furniture donations and household goods lost in the fire and said he has been “overwhelmed and humbled” by the offers of help the charity has received so far.

He said: “We’d like to thank everyone for all the offers of help we have received this week. It means so much to know that our community and supporters are wanting to help.”

He added: “Sadly we have lost everything at Warbreck. It is a loss to the community. You get a real sense about how much it means to people in the neighbourhood.

“The roof has been completely destroyed and the interior gutted.

“This was our largest shop as well as the warehouse and storage facility serving all 11 of our charity shops.

“It was also the hub for our furniture collections and house clearance service.

“In a normal year, our shops raise over £100,000 for the hospice so they are a very significant part of how the hospice is funded.

“So we are asking for the support of our communities to help us replace all the furniture donations and household goods that we have lost in the fire.”

The charity is looking for a temporary warehouse.

Large items can be taken to its Kensington furniture shop and smaller items can be dropped off at any of its smaller charity shops.

He said: “We have restarted collections and we are fully booked. People are responding amazingly.”

To speak about arranging a furniture collection, call 0151 525 3072. To find out about shop locations, visit our website www.stjhospice.org.uk.

You can also make a cash donation over the phone by calling 0151 932 6044 or 0151 932 6046 or you can donate online via its Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/jospice.

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