Shop work fun
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