Help raise worldwide funds as eBay volunteer
VOLUNTEERS are sought to help run East Cheshire Hospice’s flourishing eBay site.
The hospice is hoping the roles will appeal to those with basic IT skills who want to gain experience of helping a charity.
The online auction and shopping website has become a valuable source of income for the hospice with sales of more than £2,000 per month, revenue which goes directly towards patient care.
The eBay team is based at the charity’s Thornton Square charity shop where they research sale values for donated goods, take and upload images and manage the site www.echospiceshop.org. uk.
Mick Prescott, the hospice’s retail development manager, said: “Those who join us will be fully trained on how to use eBay. Basically, if they can use eBay at home then they’ll be able to use it in the shop.
“We’re looking for people of all ages, though it may suit a younger person keen to build up their CV. People need to know what a mouse is and find their way round a computer to a basic standard and we’re flexible on hours.
“The website is doing really well and we count it as one of our charity shops. We have to decide whether to put donated goods online where inevitably there’s a much bigger market than our shop windows at Thornton Square, Chestergate and Handforth.
“The eBay site is updated daily and provides a high level of service for everything from collectable ceramics to high end designer goods. We have customers from all over the world and have sold everything from a pile of bricks to a bariatric bed, though most sales are clothes, jewellery and toys.”
Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact Helena Smith, volunteer co-ordinator at the hospice, via hsmith@ echospice.org.uk.