Help raise world­wide funds as eBay vol­un­teer

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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.echos­ 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@ echos­

Mick Prescott

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