Charity bookshop needs more help
Successful store is desperate for volunteers
A CHARITY book store in may have to limit its hours despite raising thousands of pounds since opening in May.
The South Bucks Hospice says it is thrilled with the success of the store in High Wycombe’s Eden Centre, which has attracted customers in their droves, but it urgently needs more helpers to run it seven days a week.
The hospice’s community volunteer co- ordinator Mary-Ann Leader said: “We have a wonderful team of volunteers currently at the bookshop and we are delighted with the way things have gone to date since opening.
“However, we are still lacking in support on certain days during the week which are key retail hours. If we do not fill these slots, we will have to consider limiting our hours, thereby reducing our income and the funds we can raise for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
“We have chosen not to run this shop with paid staff. Why? Because we know there must be many book lovers out there in our community who would like to support this endeavour, thus ensuring 100 per cent of income goes to patients. All our services at the hospice are free of charge and we need volunteer-run stores to operate on our behalf to support our work. It is a lovely feeling to know that although our core business is health and care, we are also able to promote literacy in our community.”
The shop is situated in the former Octagon part of the shopping centre opposite Holland and Barrett.
Since the May opening, thousands of books have been sold with children’s books proving particularly popular during the school holidays.
Ms Leader added: “Most books are priced at £1 and they have flown out of the door. Our most popular authors have been the usual suspects, JK Rowling, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl.”
The books come in via donations from the public, normally at the four hospice charity shops in Beaconsfield, Hazlemere, Bourne End and High Wycombe – and the two re-use stores at the High Heavens and Aston Clinton household waste recycling centres in Bucks.
The South Bucks Hospice urgently needs more volunteers to help run its new High Wycombe book store
Ms Leader says donations should be made via these shops, because the books are then shipped to a warehouse before being taken to the Eden store.
She added: “I would appeal for anyone who is available to help as a volunteer at Eden, even if it’s only for a few hours per week, to get in touch with me. It will make a massive difference.
“All support is crucial for the continuation of our services. I would reassure people we will continue with the store but if we don’t get sufficient volunteers, we may have to reduce opening hours and have a less effective service.”
To find out more about volunteering call Ms Leader on 01494 896 563 or email mary-ann. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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