29th Sep, 2021

New Myton Hospices vintage charity shop to resurrect vibrant Far Gosford Street tradition

Les Reid 17th Aug, 2017

MYTON Hospices is set to open a new charity and vintage shop in the cosmopolitan Far Gosford Street in Coventry city centre.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official opening takes place at 11am next Thursday (August 24).

All are welcome to join the celebrations, and find out more about the shop and charity.

The highly regarded charity for chronic and terminally ill patients has three hospices – in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick – and has the only inpatient units in Coventry and Warwickshire.

It recently hit the headlines when TV actress Holly Matthews movingly described the love and professional care given to her late husband, Ross Blair, son of ex-Coventry City footballer Andy Blair.

Myton’s chief executive, Ruth Freeman, and some of the charity’s trustees will be at the shop’s opening.

A spokeswoman said: “The new shop is the first of its kind for Myton with a strong focus on vintage and unique items in an area of Coventry which has become renowned for its edgy vibe and businesses which stand out from the crowd.

“There will be an opportunity to talk to Ruth, Angela and Joe (new manager and assistant manager).

“Attendees are also invited to take a first look at the shop and enjoy celebratory refreshments.”

Far Gosford Street has historically been the city’s centre for vintage and second-hand clothes shops.

Today, it is a vibrant street close to the vastly expanded Coventry University, with refurbished medieval buildings, classic pubs, and cafe and independent shops quarter ‘Fargo Village’.

Last year, the Myton Hospices charity supported more than 1,400 people and their families, at its hospices, via its patient and family support services, or in the community through Myton at Home.

It says it has to raise £8.8 million this year to continue providing its services free of charge, and relies on donations and support from local communities.

The charity cares for people with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses including respiratory conditions, heart conditions, cancer, parkinson’s, renal failure and motor neurone disease.

The shop can be found opposite the entrance for Fargo Village at 74 Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5DZ.

 

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