Colchester: Characters from Dickens’ books celebrate new hospice shop

The new St Helena Hospice 'Books and Coffee' shop in Colchester. L-R: Paul Connell (manager), Indi Allen, Emily Greenaway (10), David Last and Briony Greenaway (12) in costume to launch the new shop. The new St Helena Hospice 'Books and Coffee' shop in Colchester. L-R: Paul Connell (manager), Indi Allen, Emily Greenaway (10), David Last and Briony Greenaway (12) in costume to launch the new shop.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Staff dressed up at the weekend to celebrate the opening of a book and coffee shop, whose profits will go to a hospice.

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‘Books & Coffee’ on St John’s Street in Colchester is St Helena Hospice’s ninth retail outlet in north Essex and the first one to sell coffee.

The store opened earlier this month and on Saturday staff dressed up as characters from Charles Dickens’ books as part of story-telling event for children.

According to head of retail operations, Indira Allen, the youngsters responded enthusiastically to the tales from Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.

She said: “We want to make this shop a place where the community comes together. We’ve got plans to set up a
book club and hold murder mystery events and talks by authors.

“Because we have the cafe space, people are more likely to stop and chat than they might do at our other shops.

We have brochures lying around, people can learn and reflect on the work the hospice is doing.”

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