Arohanui Hospice gifted a bookshop by woman it cared for

The Arohanui Hospice has been given Main St Books in Otaki by owner Marie Williams, who died in the hospice's care.
GRANT MATTHEW / FAIRFAX NZ

The Arohanui Hospice has been given Main St Books in Otaki by owner Marie Williams, who died in the hospice's care.

The Arohanui Hospice has been gifted a secondhand bookshop at the request of one of its patients, who died in hospice care.

It was presented the keys to the shop in Otaki, which had been owned by Marie Williams, who died this year. 

The hospice was told by Williams' sister, Philippa Williams, in early April about her sister's request.

She wanted the shop to remain open, and be given to a charity that had the resources and expertise to maintain it.

As the hospice was already running a shop in Main St, Otaki, it seemed like a nice fit. 

"I feel really positive about Arohanui Hospice having the shop, I feel happy and relieved as I was able to do what she [Marie] asked … she entrusted me to do that," Philippa Williams said. 

She was pleased the shop would continue to operate and be there as a lasting legacy for her sister. 

 "Arohanui Hospice took such good care of her, it's a way to repay our kindness."

Marie Williams was diagnosed with secondary cancer in November 2015, and since then a group of volunteers had kept the shop open a few hours a week.

Hospice director of strategy and operations Louise Curtis said staff were excited to have been gifted the bookshop. 

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"We are very fortunate to receive bequest gifts which help us to fund the care of our patients and their families. 

"We have never been given an operational shop before. It is a gift that will keep on giving, providing us with a revenue stream into the future – definitely a lasting legacy." 

The hospice is expected to reopen the bookshop with the help of current volunteers and the hospice's own volunteers.

It will be renamed Arohanui Hospice Marie's Main Street Books, in memory of Williams, and will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1pm.

The shop will be the seventh secondhand goods shop for Arohanui Hospice, with the others being spread across Levin, Feilding and Palmerston North.

In 2014-15, the shops raised $925,000 towards the hospice's annual funding shortfall of $2.2 million.

* Visit www.arohanuihospice.org.nz or contact 06 356 6606.

 - Stuff

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