Hospice shop popular

01:43, Jan 31 2009

An Ellerslie charity shop is celebrating a successful first year.

Mercy Hospice Auckland’s 123 on Ellerslie shop has just turned one and is trading above expectations thanks to the doubling of the pedestrian count in the shopping precinct over the past year.

Some of the most interesting sales this year include a string of cultured pearls that sold for half their retail value, some rare Crown Lynn pottery, leather handbags and rare books.

All profits from 123 on Ellerslie go towards the running of Mercy Hospice Auckland.

The hospice provides palliative care services to more than 900 terminally ill patients and their families each year from residents in the Auckland District Health Board area.

It also makes around 10,000 home visits each year.

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Mercy Hospice Auckland needs to raise more than $2.5 million each year to keep going and between them its four shops raise around $1m.

At 123 on Ellerslie volunteers work with manager Amanda Killick to sell quality recycled clothing, a range of homeware, books and music.

Goods can be donated to the store between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

The store is at 123 Main Highway, Ellerslie.

East And Bays Courier