Community gets behind new hospice shop

BY JANIE SMITH
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2009
Photo: JASON OXENHAM

BARGAINS GALORE: Project manager Sarah Perry and retail manager Mary Crosby in the new Blockhouse Bay hospice shop.

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Workers at a new Blockhouse Bay hospice shop were restocking the shelves within hours of opening.

Customers flooded in looking for bargains and leaving with lots of pre-loved goods.

Project manager Sarah Perry was in charge of getting the shop fitted out with items.

"Almost everything was donated. We’ve had amazing support from the local and wider community."

Mrs Perry has been working on the shop since the beginning of February when hospice took over the lease.

"So many people have stopped by and showed an interest."

It’s not just goods the public wants to donate, it’s also time.

The shop has a roster of 40 volunteers and is run
by retail manager Mary Crosby, who previously oversaw the Mt Eden hospice shop.

"The response from volunteers has been overwhelming," Mrs Perry says.

The Blockhouse Bay shop is the sixth set up to support Mercy Hospice Auckland in Ponsonby.

"More shops mean more money coming in and more patients we can care for," she says.

Mrs Crosby says the interest in the new premises has been amazing.

"People have been trying to get in for the past week while we’ve been setting up."

The store accepts donations of good quality, pre-loved or new homeware and clothing, but can’t take electrical goods.

It is at 560 Blockhouse Bay Rd and opens from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

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