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Happy Valley actor cuts ribbon to open new Longfield Hospice furniture shop

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The new Longfield Community Hospice furniture shop and warehouse celebrated its launch with Happy Valley actor Susan Lynch cutting the ribbon at the grand opening today, Thursday.

Susan, who lives in Dursley and has starred in the likes of Killing Eve, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, said: “I’m really touched to be asked to open this fantastic facility.

“I urge people to pop in and donate furniture they no longer need and also pick up anything at an affordable rate, which in turn will help maintain the wonderful service the staff provide at Longfield Hospice where they help care and support more than 2,500 people across Gloucestershire for free in such difficult times for patients and their families.”

Laura Owen, Head of Retail at the furniture shop and warehouse in Brimscombe, on the Kingfisher business park, said: “We’re so excited to have officially opened our warehouse after months of planning, and we’re especially delighted that Susan has come to cut the ribbon for us.

“The new warehouse will transform Longfield’s retail operations. Located just off the London Road outside Stroud, it’s easily accessible so locals can drop off their donations in bulk, plus we’ve got a fantastic furniture showroom where customers can browse and try before they buy. Do come along and see it for yourselves – we’re really proud of how it has turned out.”

The building also houses all their out of season stock ready to go out to Longfield’s 18 shops. On the upstairs mezzanine area is the E-commerce team, which is a growing market, particularly in second hand goods on marketplaces such as eBay.

Donated items of furniture can be collected by Longfield’s team of drivers.

The new warehouse will also house a donation hub, where people will be able to drop off donations, initially between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday. 

Longfield is also seeking volunteers to help in the warehouse and assist in the running of the furniture shop and donation hub. There are also job opportunities for two new paid roles – a furniture collection/delivery driver and a warehouse supervisor.

More details about recruitment and donations can be found on the Longfield website.

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