Hospice’s new retail venture will see leftover paint put to good use

Give your home’s decor a spruce up and benefit a local charity as hospice shops add pots of paint to their shelves.

Working with Community RePaint, St Nicholas Hospice Care, which supports people across the community in the final chapters of their lives, has decided to start selling paint in two of its stores.

The hospice’s Bury St Edmund’s Barton Road and Mildenhall shops have started trialing a new initiative, which will see reusable; leftover paint provide by Community RePaint, a national non-profit distributing company, added to their stock lists.

Managed by non-profit organisation Resources Futures, Community RePaint, which is sponsored by Dulux, will be providing the paint which comes in a number of colours, at a reduced cost.

Karen Sainty, the hospice’s head of retail, said: “We are very excited to be trialing the sale of reusable paint at two of our stores. We see this as a real opportunity. Not only will we be adding to the many goods we already offer our customers, we will also be providing a product that is perfectly balanced between being of high quality and affordable.”

Prices will range from £7 to £15; with the shops stocking 2.5 and five litre pots of eight colours including brilliant white, magnolia, chilled coffee and bailey blue.

The sale of the paint also has environmental benefits as it means less will be going to landfill. The hospice is also keen to use the products as part of the project it runs with Highpoint Prison which sees prisoners’ up-cycle furniture which is later sold in hospice shops.

Karen said: “Part of my role at the hospice is to oversee the work of the charity’s house clearance team. As part of this service we also clear garages and sheds and the amount of unwanted paint that ultimately ends up going to landfill has always struck me.

“So when Community RePaint got in touch to say they could offer high quality leftover paint that we could sell for a reasonable price in our hospice shops I thought it was definitely an idea we had to explore.”

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