Top volunteers serve hospice shop

Last updated 11:47 21/09/2012
 Hibiscus Hospice Whangaparaoa

FIFTY YEARS: (L-R) Val Field, Bob Weir, Shona Glass, Lynne Weir and Lois Kemp have a combined volunteer experience of 50 years.

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The new Hibiscus Hospice shop may be only five months old but there's a wealth of experience among the volunteers who work there.

Shortly after their Whangaparaoa shop burned down, Hibiscus Hospice set up in temporary premises next door to the original shop.

Many loyal volunteers went with them to the new shop, including the group pictured who together can boast more than 50 years experience working for hospice.

Shop manager Cathi Cox says it has been incredibly heartening to experience not only the level of support from the community but also from the shop volunteers.

"Everyone here has been superb - from the front of the shop to the backroom, in the warehouse and on the delivery van," she says.

In the five months they've been open for business there has been an incredible showing of goodwill from the local community, with donations flooding in.

"I've never seen anything like it," volunteer Shona Glass says. She has worked in the hospice shop for more than 12 years.

"I saw the fire happening from my home," she says. "I just stood there crying as it seemed such a terrible loss - but then the support we received afterwards was so amazing and we were all buoyed along by it."

Cathi says all that is needed now is more people coming to buy. "I'm not sure that everyone realises we are fully operational and stocked with our usual wide range including furniture.

"For a limited time anyone who spends $20 or more on fashion, shoes or accessories can enter the draw to win $5000 to spend at Trelise Cooper, as part of the nationwide Give it Up for Hospice campaign."

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