Don’t worry – there’s nothing political or Brexit-related going on here!
Rather, ‘The Big Purple Party’ is an opportunity to help Nottinghamshire Hospice paint the village purple with friends, family and colleagues to help funds for local hospice care.
Ruddington shop manager, Colette Priest, explains: “The party is to promote the Hospice and the work it does with terminally ill clients. Purple is our background colour hence, all this week, people at all our nine shops are dressing up in purple (like volunteer Sandy Malty, pictured top). Also we’re asking some of the other local businesses to help out with fundraising, we’re selling purple cakes and any other purple items we can find!” says Colette.
“A lot of people are shocked at how good quality the clothes and other goods are here. It’s not like the old jumble sales – we make sure donated items are in good condition and clean – otherwise we take them home and wash them – so people from teenagers to people in their nineties can get very presentable outfits, bags and accessories for a fraction of the cost new. Recycling is great for the environment, too!”
Founded in 1980, Nottinghamshire Hospice is a community-based palliative care centre which provides care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses and gives support and respite to their families and carers. But it costs £2.7 million each year to run – hence the need for your help.
Colette adds: “The public often know about the shop but don’t know what’s behind it. So we’ll be doing a lot of talking about what the Hospice does, including ‘hospice from home’ in patients’ houses. Please come in and see us and have a look around – and bear us in mind for any good quality donations you might be able to give.”
The Big Purple Party runs from this Monday through until Saturday, October 19th. You can download your ‘Party Pack’ from www.nottshospice.org/party. You’ll find the Ruddington shop on 10, High Street or call you can them on 0115 910 1008 ext 215.