‘Amaz­ing’ re­sponse to hospice shop

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Bar­gains galore: Project man­ager Sarah Perry and re­tail man­ager Mary Crosby in the new Blockhouse Bay Hospice Shop.

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