Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY Jo Woolf, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of South Bucks Hos­pice

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.

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