As­bestos forces hos­pice to dump do­nated goods

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Up to 1000 boxes of do­na­tions will be sent to land­fill af­ter a storm dis­lodged as­bestos at the Mary Pot­ter Hos­pice fa­cil­ity in Porirua.

The hos­pice sec­ond-hand shop, ware­house, and com­mu­nity base have all been per­ma­nently closed at the Prosser St site af­ter tor­ren­tial rain brought down as­bestos from the roof.

The ma­jor­ity of the hos­pice’s ser­vices for Porirua and North Welling­ton op­er­ated from the site, but spokes­woman Philippa Sel­lens said there would be no dis­rup­tion to at-home care.

The weekly meet-up ses­sions for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients would con­tinue at an­other site, but Sel­lens was not able to pro­vide details.

No prod­ucts had been sold from the store since the as­bestos was dis­lodged.

As­bestos fi­bres came down in the stor­age fa­cil­ity and shop, and Sel­lens said the com­mu­nity base had been closed as a pre­cau­tion.

A vol­un­teer at the Porirua store said the stor­age fa­cil­ity had been leak­ing for years, and she was wor­ried she might have been ex­posed when vol­un­teer­ing.

The ware­house dis­trib­uted to most of the stores in the re­gion.

‘‘I’ve seen the stock, and some of the qual­ity is un­be­liev­able. Jew­ellery, prints, art­work, clothes, there must be a thou­sand ap­ple boxes all la­belled with all dif­fer­ent things for all the shops,’’ she said.

‘‘The shops need the stuff from the ware­house to sur­vive.

‘‘That’s all go­ing to be dumped, and it all has to be bub­ble-wrapped, which is ab­so­lutely pa­thetic.’’

Sel­lens did not know how many boxes of prod­uct would be dumped, but said re­moval ex­perts would be sav­ing what they could.

‘‘We’re in the process of find­ing a new shop and ware­house. We’re com­mit­ted to open­ing again as soon as pos­si­ble, as the source of funds from the shop is so im­por­tant to the ser­vice that we can pro­vide to our pa­tients,’’ Sel­lens said.

‘‘We are pleased that we are tak­ing possession of our own premises in Porirua next year.

‘‘We are very com­mit­ted to re­main­ing in Porirua to pro­vide the very best care to peo­ple in North Welling­ton and Porirua,’’ she said.

Mary Pot­ter had pur­chased Em­mer­son House in Ranui Heights and would run com­mu­nity hos­pice ac­tiv­i­ties from there from mid-2019.

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