The store, which was officially re-opened this morning (Friday) by Hospice CEO Nigel Hartley and Charge Nurse, Peter Gilliam, has been closed for a week while the make-over took shape.
Much of the work was taken on by local businesses and volunteers, and Nigel said this has been crucial in ensuring the store was open for business again as quickly as possible:
“Support from the Island’s business community has been fantastic.
“The project has been led by Isle of Wight Business Specialist Dee Becker, who has been working closely with the Hospice retail team for the past few months. We have had numerous people getting involved and lending a hand, and it’s this support which has made the transformation possible.
“EMH is a charity and we need to raise millions of pounds each year to continue providing care to Islanders who need our help. This project will hopefully encourage more people to come into the store and shop – it really will be something special for our customers”.
The Earl Mountbatten Hospice shop in Ryde is located at 118 High Street, near to St Thomas’ Square.