Volunteer gives back to hospice

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014
Robyn Wannan
REWARDING WORK: Robyn Wannan, 69, has volunteered at the Blockhouse Bay Mercy Hospice shop since it first opened five years ago. 

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Robyn Wannan knows first-hand the kindness and support Mercy Hospice offers to those during their final stages of life.

She found the organisation beneficial when her mum died of cancer 14 years ago and decided to give back by volunteering at the Blockhouse Bay Mercy Hospice shop.

"I couldn't have done it without the help of Mercy Hospice.

"Nurses came out to the house to not only support my mum but me as well by sitting down for a coffee and a chat.

"It's hard watching someone you love fade away," she says.

Last month marked the shops fifth birthday and the 69-year-old has been volunteering there since it first opened its doors.

She says it's rewarding seeing community members so willing to donate their pre-loved clothes, books or homeware to a good cause.

"It's nice seeing regular customers come in for a browse or a chat.

"Some are lonely while others come in after losing a loved one to donate heirlooms and children come in after school to buy a book or a soft toy," she says.

Mercy Hospice chief executive Lynda Smith says the seven Mercy Hospice shops across Auckland are community hubs where people can connect with each other.

"People aren't always able to donate financially but by giving old goods, they're helping the work we do," she says.

Smith says donations go toward the 13 bed in-patient unit in Ponsonby as well as community nursing and education services.

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