Hospice opens doors on Kenilworth care

Angie Arnold, CEO of The Shakespeare Hospice with town mayor, John Cooke. At the back are David Owen, new shop manager and Adrienne Rostron, head of retail services.
Angie Arnold, CEO of The Shakespeare Hospice with town mayor, John Cooke. At the back are David Owen, new shop manager and Adrienne Rostron, head of retail services.

Families have come out in praise of hospice care as a new furniture shop opens its doors to raise money across Kenilworth.

Shakespeare Hospice opened the doors to its second-hand furniture store in Abbey End.

The Stratford-based charity began offering care in Kenilworth in 2013 and hopes the new facility will help fund palliative care for town families.

One area it is keen to build on with donations is the Hospice at Home service which allows patients to spend their last days and weeks at home with family and friends.

The service has been praised by Lindsey Fryer, a bereaved carer from Kenilworth whose husband was helped by the team before he died.

“I can’t praise the support and help my family have had from The Shakespeare Hospice enough,” she said.

“Without Hospice at Home nurses my husband would not have been able to spend the last weeks of his life at home.”

She said support has continued at the Stratford day centre which helps her meet others in the same situation for which she is “ever grateful”.

The furniture shop is in the old Town and Country Furniture store, which had its lease terminated at Christmas.

Second-and furniture can be donated, with a collection service available. Contact the team on 512993 for details.

Town development manager Paul Garrison has welcomed the charity to the town centre in hope of boosting business and variety.

He said: “It is good to see the Shakespeare Hospice shop open and I hope it is supported in the town.

“I think there is a gap in the market for this, and room for the store to exist alongside the service provided by the Lions.

“We always welcome new businesses and hopefully this will be a positive addition to the town.”