Shop work fun

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

VOL­UN­TEERS have been speak­ing about the fun they have work­ing to sup­port East Cheshire Hos­pice – and want oth­ers to join in.

Claire Jones, 72, works in the first hos­pice shop, which has just been joined by its sec­ond branch, and says she loves the job.

She said: “I worked at the hos­pice as a nurse. In fact I started there the week be­fore it opened.

“I re­tired af­ter 16 years and then worked as a bank nurse for an­other five years be­fore I thought I would go in the shop in 2008 and keep in touch with my friends.”

Now Claire works two days a week and of­ten vol­un­teers for more.

She said: “I en­joy the shop and I get to do a bit of ev­ery­thing. I work the till, sort out do­na­tions and take phone mes­sages, es­pe­cially about the fur­ni­ture sales.

“You get to know the cus­tomers and they get to know you.

“I vol­un­teer be­cause it is a lo­cal char­ity. It is the ideal choice for Mac­cles­field peo­ple as prob­a­bly ev­ery­one knows some­one who has used the hos­pice.”

Hos­pice vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor Fiona Letts said: “Our shops could not run with­out our vol­un­teers who ded­i­cate so much time and bring with them a host of skills.

“We are con­tin­u­ally look­ing for vol­un­teers like Claire to work in our shops, serv­ing cus­tomers, sort­ing stock, pric­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing.”

Vol­un­teers are needed for the new hos­pice shop in Thorn­ton Square, as well as driv­ers to de­liver and col­lect fur­ni­ture to and from ebay cus­tomers.”

Driv­ers must be between 25 and 65 years old and have held a full driv­ing li­cence for a min­i­mum of two years.

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing should call 01625 610364. ●● LADIES are in­vited to a spe­cial af­ter­noon of luxury at East Cheshire Hos­pice’s lunch, fash­ion show and shop­ping event.

This is a new at­trac­tion in the hos­pice’s fundrais­ing cal­en­dar and events fundraiser Ni­cola Burn has high hopes for it.

She said: “It’s go­ing to be a great af­ter­noon for the women of East Cheshire and I urge you to get your tick­ets fast as they are al­ready sell­ing well.

“We hope our guests will very much en­joy an af­ter­noon out of their busy sched­ules to re­lax and en­joy them­selves with their girl­friends while en­joy­ing great food, great com­pany and top fash­ion.”

The event will take place on Oc­to­ber 2, in Hunt­ing Lodge at Adling­ton Hall, and tick­ets cost £35, in­clud­ing a two-course lunch with a ta­ble gift.

There will be a fash­ion show from Fab Boutique and a chance to browse and buy gifts and treats from a range of stalls.

Ni­cola added: “The af­ter­noon will have an au­tumn theme, and with our help you’ll be set for the au­tumn months.”

The hos­pice will have its own pop-up shop sell­ing hos­pice mer­chan­dise and there will be a drop-off point for any un­wanted clothes and ac­ces­sories that guests wish to do­nate.

To book tick­ets for the event, visit www.east cheshire­hos­pice.org.uk/ lunch or call 01625 433477.

●● Lisa Ball, hos­pice vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, has been hard at work pre­par­ing for the event

●● Hos­pice vol­un­teer Claire Jones

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