Compton Care has 26 shops across Wolverhampton, the Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire. In a normal year, the shops contribute a significant amount of income for the charity, yet with most shops being shut since the beginning of the second lockdown, income has dropped.
On the first day of opening, Compton Care shops served 2,800 customers, over 300 bags of items were donated and over 50 volunteers donated over 300 hours of their time to help the charity.
The amount of money taken on the first day of trading equates to roughly 40 nights of support for a person with an incurable condition or 23 days of support on our Inpatient Unit.
Rachel Overfield, CEO of Compton Care, said: “All of our shops opened on Monday and the community, once again, came out in force to support us. Our staff and volunteers were delighted to be back and we’ve heard lovely things from our customers.
“The income we receive from our shops contributes greatly to our overall income and so having them shut for many months over the last year has caused us considerable anxiety about our future financial position.
"Hopefully our shops will once again trade successfully, and the high street will continue to stay open now, enabling our financial position to feel more secure again.
“Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us throughout the pandemic and to everyone who has donated or plans to visit the shops in the coming days and weeks. We appreciate you all.”
For more information about Compton’s shops visit the charity's website.