King's Mill Hospital charity shop faces axe

Volunteers at a Nottinghamshire hospital's charity shop say they feel like they have been "kicked in the teeth" by managers who have closed it.

The shop at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield has raised about £220,000 for patients in the last eight years by selling gifts and crafts.

But a refurbishment of the reception means it will close within weeks.

Officials denied it had been squeezed out by high street name shops and said volunteers would get space elsewhere.

'Very sad'

Audrey Cherry, who is one of the longest-serving volunteers, said: "I am very said. We feel as if we have been kicked in the teeth, because we were promised a room in the new department but unfortunately there is now no space.

"So where do we go from there? Obviously they don't want or need the money the shop makes, which is also very, very sad."

She added: "It has been suggested we use a trolley arrangement but you can't do that with the amount of stock we sell."

Tracey Brassington, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's customer liaison manager, said: "We want to make our fundraisers more accessible, so they will be in the main walkway, the main King's Treatment Centre walkway, rather than in a unit.

"So our fundraisers, both individuals and organisations that support us, will be offered that space and we want it to be used as community space."

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