England and Hull FC prop Scott Taylor joined local dignitaries on Thursday 10th January to help Dove House Hospice, in partnership with FCC Environment, re-launch a unique retail outlet at Hessle’s Humberfield household waste recycling site.
The Reuse Shop was opened on the site in 2015, selling unwanted items residents donated at their local recycling site – with FCC Environment operating the facility on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.
Now the shop has become a Dove House charity shop, with those unwanted items donated by the public now going on sale to raise vital funds for the hospice.
By encouraging the local community to donate their unwanted items to the shop, the charity will not only reduce waste but also generate income for the hospice, as they seek to raise the £7.5m annual running costs required to continue providing care and support to patients and families across Hull and East Yorkshire.
Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “The Reuse Shop was launched as a unique venture in our area three years ago and I think it’s fantastic that it will now benefit such a deserving East Yorkshire charity as Dove House.
“We hope residents in the East Riding and Hull will continue to donate items at their local household waste recycling sites for sale and also come along and support the new Dove House reuse charity shop.”
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Dove House Hospice to operate this innovative joint venture. At Hull City Council we are passionate about recycling, and by purchasing an item from the Reuse Shop, you will be making a positive contribution to the environment by reusing materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
“We hope that residents will continue to support the Reuse Shop, whilst raising money for a worthwhile charity.”
Marisa Haines, Retail Division Manager at Dove House, looks forward to seeing the new project in action: “Our retail outlets play a huge role in raising the funds needed to continue providing the exceptional care and support the hospice offers to patients and families across the region, so the chance to open a new shop is always exciting, particularly when it’s something a little bit different.
“The amount of perfectly good, saleable items which can be recycled or sold is incredible, so the new shop’s location offers an excellent opportunity to stock our shelves with all kinds of items now able to find a new home and raise funds for the hospice as they do it.”
FCC Environments’ Group Chief Executive Paul Taylor said: “As a business, we work hard to recycle as much of the waste that comes onto our recycling sites across Hull and East Riding and we have long been aware that many of the items that are brought still have a useful life ahead of them. To help combat this we opened the Reuse Shop at the Hessle site in 2015. But as Blue Planet 2 has shown, we are all really keen to do our bit so the time is right to bring in retail experts who can work with our team to spot real ‘treasure amongst the trash’ and give items a new lease of life.”
Residents have the option to place their unwanted items in a container marked ‘Reuse Shop’ with the new Dove House shop now able to take advantage of these donations, which are set to arrive from all over Hull and the East Riding.
The reuse containers, which are all clearly marked and easy to find, are located at each of the 10 Household Waste Recycling Sites in the East Riding and at the 3 sites in Hull.
The charity’s first shop opened its doors on Hull’s Beverley Road back in the early 1980s, with funds now generated for the hospice at 36 retail outlets across Hull and East Yorkshire, accounting for around 50% of the charity’s overall income. Increasingly the hospice is having to think more creatively about how it generates funds to continue its work and generate new services for patients.
The Reuse Shop at the Humberfield site will continue to develop the charity’s retail strategy, which sets out to reduce waste whilst raising vital funds towards the hospice’s annual running costs.
Previously, a percentage of the profits from the Reuse Shop were donated to local charities nominated by the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire and the Lord Mayor of Hull.
Dove House Hospice is a local charity which provides specialist palliative care for adults in Hull and East Yorkshire with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families and loved ones throughout their care, and after bereavement.
Councillor Anita Harrison, Hull City Council
Kristian Dales, Regional Director, FCC Environment
Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Pat Smith
England and Hull FC prop Scott Taylor
Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull Councillor Pete Allen
Janet Weatherill, Chairman, Dove House Hospice
Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
[Matthew Blagojevic, Marketing Manager, Dove House Hospice]