Mercy Hospice shows grat­i­tude with ‘Thank You’

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Grat­i­tude is a two-way street when it comes to Mercy Hospice

Fam­i­lies of pa­tients who ben­e­fited from the hospice’s sup­port and care are of­ten grate­ful for its ser­vices.

But the hospice is now say­ing ‘‘thank you’’ to the cus­tomers who visit its shops, which raise much­needed funds to keep its ser­vices run­ning.

Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent Mere­ana Hawthorne says her mother Judy Faulkner was a huge sup­porter of the shop be­fore she died of bowel cancer in Oc­to­ber, 2012.

‘‘She was a pro­lific writer of let­ters, so she’d get her hair done at the salon, pick up her box of stamps, and then al­ways call in here,’’ Ms Hawthorne says.

‘‘But be­cause she was Maori, Mum called it the hoko­hoko shop, which is pre-loved.’’

Not only did Judy en­joy sift­ing through the hoko­hoko shop to find a bar­gain, she would do­nate goods for the shop to sell.

‘‘Af­ter the amaz­ing help that Mercy gave her, Mum wanted to give back in some way, shape or form . . . and this was her way,’’ Ms Hawthorne says.

Pt Che­va­lier Mercy Shop man­ager He­len Brabazone re­mem­bers Judy’s ‘‘beau­ti­ful face’’.

‘‘She used to come here be­fore she was di­ag­nosed and then when she found out she had cancer she was even more staunch about com­ing in,’’ Ms Brabazone says.

Though peo­ple might not be able to af­ford to give money to the hospice ‘‘do­nat­ing their old Crown Lynn from the bot­tom of the cup­board is as good as writ­ing a cheque’’, she says.

The seven shops in Auck­land have a huge role in fill­ing the $3 mil­lion fund­ing gap each year.

Money raised en­ables Mercy Hospice to pro­vide a wide range of free sup­port and care to pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

The hospice’s ‘‘Thank You’’ cam­paign runs un­til Septem­ber 14.

Shop­pers who spend $20 or more re­ceive a ticket to go into the draw to win $200 credit to use in the store.


Grate­ful: Pt Che­va­lier Mercy Hospice Shop man­ager He­len Brabazone, left, with Mere­ana Hawthorne, whose mother Judy Falkner was a fre­quent cus­tomer.

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