Marie joins hospice as retail manager

marie1 A CHARITY has appointed a new retail manager as part of a drive to expand its presence when it opens more shops in the region.


Marie Leighton of Stanley, County Durham, has taken on her new role for St Benedict’s Hospice in Ryhope, Sunderland.


Marie, who formerly worked for supermarket chain Iceland and The Children’s Society will be bringing her extensive retail experience to the hospice’s three shops, including their new furniture shop in Ryhope Road, Ryhope.


“I’m really looking forward to working with all the volunteers to offer the best possible retail experience to shoppers,” said Marie.


“Charity shops today need to be clean, airy and clutter free. It’s about bringing them more in line with other high street shops. I’m really looking forward to joining the hospice.”


As part of her role, Marie is planning to work closely with the Job Centre and education providers to offer people volunteering placements with an NVQ qualification.


Said Marie: “It’s a great way of people gaining new skills. It means they’ll be able to have a qualification in retail, as well as the experience of working in that environment.”


Catrina Flynn, fundraising manager at St Benedict’s said the charity planned to open more shops in the future.

“We think Marie, with her enthusiasm and experience, will do a fantastic job for the hospice.


“We obviously have overheads to pay but it’s vital our shops are offering the best retail experience as the money they raise makes a real difference to our patients and their families.”


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