BARNSLEY Hospice has confirmed it will close all the charity shops across the borough.

The charity made the announcement yesterday (October 1) and confirmed the closure was due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for the hospice charity shops said: “Like many other charities, our shops have been hit hard by the Covid-19 restrictions. All were forced to close for almost four months, and since re-opening in July sales have been about half of what they were at the start of the year.”

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to volunteer at the warehouse at Fall Bank Industrial Estate in Dodworth.

The spokesperson added: “This has been an extremely difficult decision and we value the hard work of all our employees and volunteers. However, continuing to operate our shops at a loss is simply not viable for a charity and we must safeguard the provision of patient care.

“We would like to thank the Barnsley community for their continued support.”

The shops are due to close at the end of October.