Hos­pice opens a new op shop

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

Mid Can­ter­bury op shop­pers are in for a treat with the open­ing of a new op­por­tu­nity shop to ben­e­fit Hos­pice Mid Can­ter­bury.

Hos­pice Mid Can­ter­bury gen­eral man­ager Jane Wright said the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived no govern­ment fund­ing. They’d re­lied solely on do­na­tions since their for­ma­tion 18 months ago, so the shop would pro­vide a more steady in­come.

‘‘We are as­so­ci­ated with Hos­pice New Zealand, and as part of that we at­tend work­shops in Welling­ton with other hos­pices around New Zealand, and they rec­om­mended the sooner we got a shop up and run­ning the bet­ter,’’ Wright said.

The shop will of­fi­cially be opened by Ran­gi­tata MP Jo Good­hew on Fri­day 21 July, be­fore open­ing its doors to the pub­lic for the first time on Mon­day 23 July.

Wright said the qual­ity of do­na­tions re­ceived so far had been fan­tas­tic, with a wide range of cloth­ing and home­wares cur­rently be­ing steamed, cleaned and put on shelves ready for the first cus­tomers.

Hos­pice Mid Can­ter­bury does not pro­vide clin­i­cal care, in­stead fo­cus­ing on qual­ity of life and holis­tic sup­port, fill­ing so­cial and emo­tional gaps for peo­ple in need.

Tracey Fuller has been ap­pointed man­ager of the Hos­pice Mid Can­ter­bury op­por­tu­nity shop and she will be as­sisted by a pool of around 20 vol­un­teers.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Tracey Fuller pre­pares items for sale in the new Hos­pice Mid Can­ter­bury op shop.

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