St Peter's Hospice in drive to revitalise high streets

Charity shops need to challenge the misconception they are an eyesore, it says

A Bristol-based hospice is asking charity shop managers to help challenge misconceptions about charity retailers as part of a campaign to revitalise Britain's high streets.

St Peter's Hospice, which runs 48 shops in and around Bristol, has backed a 10-point 'Manifesto for the High Street', which sets out what the Government, local authorities and retailers should do to encourage more shoppers to use local high streets. The manifesto is part of a campaign by the magazine Retail Week.

Andrew Hufford, commercial director of the charity, said some local retailers saw charity shops as an eyesore. "More charity retailers need to speak up for themselves," he said. "They haven't felt confident enough to do so, but high streets will thrive only if retailers understand each other."

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