Celebrity makes a stop at local charity shop to donate unwanted clothes
By sophia1980 | Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 10:45
What do you expect to find in your local charity shop? Reduced shoes? Great deals on books and bric-a-brac? How about a celebrity's designer wardrobe!?
Fiona Wade at St Peter's Hospice shop, Canford Lane
Local charity St Peter's Hospice is proving that you never know what hidden gems you might find in your local charity shop, after a visiting celebrity left a bag of donated goodies behind.
Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade, popped into the St Peter's Hospice Westbury-on-Trym shop to visit staff and donate goods. Fiona also made a visit to the hospice itself to see where the money is put to good use.
Fiona, who plays the character Priya Sharma on the television show, said: "Visiting St Peter's Hospice is something very close to my heart as my father passed away from Cancer. I understand how important these places are to give comfort, respite and a comfortable environment to those who are sick and in their last stages of life.
"My cousin Roya Rosengren is an Ambassador for St Peter's Hospice, which is the only adult hospice in Bristol. They rely on donations of money and goods for the shops and they work tirelessly every year to raise the funds needed."
Fiona has been working on Emmerdale since 2011, also making appearances on Holby City, Doctors, Where the Heart Is and Waterloo Road.
St Peter's Hospice has 46 shops across the city and relies on donations from the public to stock them. The award-winning shops raise £2 million each year towards patient care.
Head of shops at St Peter's Hospice Janet Loud said: "It's great that Fiona has decided to support St Peter's Hospice by donating items to our Westbury-on-Trym shop.
"The team at Westbury work really hard all year round to convert the generous donations from the public into cash that can be spent on caring for people in the Bristol community. This donation from Fiona is a huge boost at the beginning of the year."
St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year with life limiting illnesses and provides emotional and practical support for their families. Each year it costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from public support.
Janet continued: "It is always a struggle to stock our shops with quality items at bargain prices. We are always on the look out for more donations so if you have any unwanted Christmas presents or just fancy clearing out your wardrobe, please send it our way!
"This donation just goes to show that you never know what you might find in one of our shops – come and check it out!"
To find out more about St Peter's Hospice shops please visit www.stpetershospice.org