Hospice shops remembering

Last updated 12:58 16/04/2014
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LEST WE FORGET: Signwriter Mike Vickers, left, paints the Nelson Hospice shop window as regional merchandising manager Mark Anderson looks on from the window display commemorating Anzac Day.

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Hospice shops in Nelson are going big on the World War I theme to mark the centenary this year of the start of the Great War.

It was fitting to have the shop window displays ready for Anzac Day this year, Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust shops general manager Karen MacKenzie said.

She said all five hospice shops in the region, including two in Nelson city, and one each in Richmond, Motueka and Takaka would be taking part in the themed window displays.

Memorabilia had been borrowed from private collections or lent from antique shops and volunteers had brought in family pieces.

"We put the word out in the community and it was amazing who came forward," MacKenzie said.

She said she had looked around other shop windows lately and was surprised so few were doing anything to mark the event.

MacKenzie took on the role as the trust's shops general manager in January and planned to improve the shops' image and modernise their role by continuing with different themes when they arose.

"I want to make the shops a bit more ‘with it'. We are a business at the end of the day."

Some of the WWI items going on display would be for sale, including an old uniform, an artillery belt and a drinking bottle.

MacKenzie said they were still in need of volunteers to help in the stores, particularly Nelson.

If you'd like to become a shop volunteer phone 543 7017 and ask for Karen.

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