Suvi leads stars of on­line sales

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

THE in­ter­na­tional boom in on­line sales is reap­ing re­ward for East Cheshire Hospice via its own eBay site.

The char­ity al­ready has at least 50 reg­u­lar in­ter­net cus­tomers a week – gen­er­at­ing monthly sales of be­tween £2,000 and £3,000 – with all in­come go­ing to pa­tient care.

E-commerce su­per­vi­sor Suvi Har­ri­man is aim­ing to dou­ble those fig­ures by ex­pand­ing the pop­u­lar on­line auc­tion and shop­ping web­site.

The on­line team is based at the char­ity’s Thorn­ton Square shop where vol­un­teers An­drew Sav­age, Alison Lo­max, Alison Weston and Stu­art Craine up­load im­ages of do­nated goods to eBay and man­age the main web­site at echos­

The hospice has found cus­tomers world­wide as a re­sult. For in­stance, a col­lec­tion of Napoleon plates was sold for £30 to a client in France.

One bar­gain hunter re­cently bagged a Laura Ash­ley win­ter coat for just £4.99. On an­other oc­ca­sion a used coat was bought for £62 when a new coat would only have cost £40 – but the buyer was happy as he was aware all of his money would help the char­ity.

A quick glance at the site, set up more than two years ago, shows the broad va­ri­ety of items on of­fer, ei­ther through auc­tion-style sales or ‘buy it now’ shop­ping.

Suvi said: “The things we sell are un­be­liev­able. It’s all high end stuff and none is sold in our two char­ity shops (the other is at Ch­ester­gate).

“Donors bring in goods rang­ing from clothes and toys to train sets, cam­eras, jew­ellery and even Elvis mem­o­ra­bilia.”

She added: “We’d ask any­one with un­wanted gifts from Christ­mas to drop them off at one of our shops and let us know if it’s suit­able for eBay.

“We’re look­ing to ex­pand through other av­enues such as Face­book, Ama­zon and pre-loved web­sites; it’s a vi­tal source of rev­enue for the hospice.”

Suvi, orig­i­nally from Helsinki, was look­ing round the shop near her home with her two chil­dren - Jo­hanna, seven, and Pa­trick, six – last sum­mer when she heard the new role was be­ing cre­ated.

It was a per­fect fit as she had al­ready vol­un­teered for the hospice and ran her own on­line com­pany, Finn­spi­ra­tions, sell­ing Scan­di­na­vian-style crafts.

Suvi came to Manch­ester to study in 1998 and met hus­band Mike two years later.

“Our house backs on to fields so we see na­ture and love walk­ing in Mac­cles­field For­est,” she said. “I grew up in a for­est and once saw a moose with big antlers in my back gar­den. I love Eng­land and peo­ple are very friendly.” ● To find out more about help­ing the hospice con­tact the fundrais­ing team on 01625 433477 or email fundrais­ing@ echos­

●● East Cheshire Hospice’s on­line leader Suvi Har­ri­man

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