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Age UK BRWF Shops to temporarily close due to developing Coronavirus situation

Published on 23 March 2020 04:21 PM

Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest has taken the very difficult decision to temporarily close its Retail Shops from 4.30pm today due to the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus.

All eight of the charity’s shops across North Worcestershire will remain closed (and will not be accepting any further donations) until further notice.

Speaking about this decision, Age UK BRWF’s CEO, Sam Humphray said;

“I would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their fantastic commitment and efforts to try and keep our shops open during these last few days, so that we could continue to raise funds to provide vital, local services for older people in North Worcestershire. I would also like to thank all of our customers, and everyone that has donated items, for their support.

The wellbeing of our employees, volunteers, and customers, however, has always been our priority. As a local charity and an Age UK partner, we have we have a duty of care to help keep everybody safe and to minimise unnecessary contact during these unprecedented times, hence the decision to close our shops.

At this moment in time, we do not know when our shops will be in a position to re-open, but I would like to appeal to everybody that is planning to clear out their cupboards etc over the coming weeks to please keep hold of your donations (please do not try and bring them to our shops as they will not be in a position to accept donated items and please do not leave any donations outside our shops) as your support for Age UK BRWF is going to be more important than ever once we are in a position to re-open.

Whilst we have had to suspend some of our services and close our shops, our commitment to doing everything that we can to supporting older people, their families and carers remains unchanged. I would encourage those people who can to visit our website (www.ageuk.org.uk/brwf/) for our latest updates or, if people are not online, to contact our team on 01527 570490 for information and advice.

We thank everybody for their understanding and support during these difficult times and urge all members of our local community to stay safe and well and to heed the latest advice”.