‘Amazing’ response to hospice shop
Within hours of opening its doors to the public, workers at a new Blockhouse Bay Hospice Shop were already restocking the shelves.
Customers flooded in looking for bargains and leaving with lots of pre-loved goods.
Project manager Sarah Perry was in charge of getting the shop fitted out with items.
“Almost everything was donated. We’ve had amazing support from the local and wider Auckland community,” she says.
In the tough economic climate more people are looking for value for money and the shops are seeing more business, she says.
Mrs Perry has been working on the shop since the beginning of February when hospice took over the lease.
“So many people have knocked on the door and showed an interest.”
It’s not just goods the public wants to donate, it’s also time.
The shop has a roster of 40 volunteers and is run by retail manager Mary Crosby, who previously managed the Mt Eden Hospice Shop.
“The response from volunteers has been overwhelming. It’s been the best of all the hospice shops,” says Mrs Perry.
The Blockhouse Bay shop is the sixth set up to support Mercy Hospice Auckland in Ponsonby.
“More shops mean more money coming in and more patients we can care for,” she says.
Mrs Crosby says the interest in the new shop has been amazing.
“People have been trying to get in for the past week while we’ve been setting up.”
The store accepts donations of good quality, pre-loved or new homeware and clothing, but not electrical goods.
It’s at 560 Blockhouse Bay Rd and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.
Bargains galore: Project manager Sarah Perry and retail manager Mary Crosby in the new Blockhouse Bay Hospice Shop.