SOUTH BUCKS HOSPICE CARE
THERE is a common misconception that hospice charities do not really need to raise much cash for patient care because the state will fund most of it.
The reality, however, is that we have to source about 94 per cent of our money through fundraising and donations because less than six per cent comes through the NHS.
That’s why you will see a host of South Bucks Hospice shops around the area – all there to support our services for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
The upside is that these shops – while raising vital funds – are a source of real pleasure and fascination for our staff and to the customers who flock to them.
One of the jewels in our crown is the Beaconsfield shop, in Maxwell Road.
We have a lease here until 2020 and its importance to us is huge – so much so that we are currently revamping it.
For shoppers, it’s very much a case of watch this space while we redesign the store. But, in the meantime, I would like to use this column to appeal to people to volunteer to work in it, alongside our fabulous existing staff.
Just one or two days a week would be a massive help and I know, from experience, would bring great rewards in personal fulfilment to the volunteer.
The other really useful help you could give is in the way of donations. We are not looking for masses of material from your attic – just one lovely piece of silver or a quality garment would be hugely welcomed by both us and our customers.
If you are clearing out your house, the temptation is to make some extra money by cashing in on unwanted quality goods. However, if you can afford to do so, why not donate it to us instead and allow it to be used to help our charity?
Our mission for 2016 is to fund the move to purpose-built bigger headquarters.
Building is currently underway in High Wycombe but we still need your help with the £850,000 running costs of the new community hospice.
And one of the best ways to support us with this move is through our shops, whether it be as a customer, a volunteer or the donor of a precious item.
Any help you can give is so much appreciated – and makes the world of difference to our patients.
To volunteer or donate, ring 01494 464 045.
Visit us at www.sbh. org.uk.