Surf's up at Barnsley Hospice shop

21 February 2013

It might be a long way from Barnsley to Bondi Beach but a vintage surfboard has found its way to a local charity to help raise funds.

The wooden board has been donated to Barnsley Hospice and is among quirky, collectible items passed on by kind-hearted supporters. Other memorable donations have included ox horns, a walking stick concealing a sword, as well a vintage bowler hat and ukulele!

Some of the goods have been sold on to dealers for hundreds of pounds to help meet the cost of providing care that is free to patients.

Charlotte Rowan, the hospice’s e-retail manager, said: “The diversity of donations to the hospice is quite surprising. Everything we receive is carefully sorted so that in the case of antiques or collectibles we ensure we can maximise value.

“The message to everyone is to please donate their unwanted items to us, as sometimes things people think don’t have much of a value really do. The same applies to old clothes. We’re able to raise more money through passing on clothes and other textiles that aren’t suitable for sale to rag merchants.”

Barnsley Hospice, at Gawber, provides inpatient and day care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting condition, not only cancer patients. It also offers care in patients’ own homes as well as a range of other services.

The hospice has to raise £2 million annually in addition to its £1.6m NHS grant to stay open. Last year, the charity’s shops brought in an income of around £955,000 with a further £94,000 from rags and £34,000 in retail gift aid.

The hospice has seven general shops which sell clothes, bric-a-brac, household goods and books.  These are in The Arcade and Eldon Street, in Barnsley town centre, and at Wombwell, Mexborough, Goldthorpe, Mapplewell and Penistone.  There are also two furniture shops in Blucher Street and at Stairfoot.

The hospice prides itself on having individual, well-presented shops where staff and volunteers use their creative flair to dress windows and make sure there is a tempting choice for shoppers.   

Charlotte continued:  “First-time visitors to our shops are surprised at the quality of what we sell, and we aim to be seasonal and topical like commercial outlets. Tougher economic times are bringing more people in but we of course need the goods to keep up with demand.

“Anyone who donates will know that what they’re giving will help local people and their families who really appreciate the support.”

Currently items can be donated at any of the shops Monday to Saturday, between 9am and 4pm, or left in the shed at the back of the hospice.  Collections can be requested for furniture or large donations by calling 01226 249744 or via the hospice’s website.

The hospice shops also always need volunteers to help carry out a range of roles and anyone who is interested is urged to get in touch. Training is given.

For further information about Barnsley Hospice, visit email or call 01226 244244.



Picture shows Charlotte Rowan with the vintage surfboard.

Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement. 

Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling.  It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.

Media contact at the hospice for more information on this story is Laura Conrad on 07787 408257 or email

Additional media contacts: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at



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