Maggie to go under hammer

BY YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 14:30 08/05/2012
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Auction item: Hospice Taranaki's fundraising and marketing co-ordinator Rose Whitaker holds up a signed photo of Margaret Thatcher which will be auctioned this weekend.

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A signed photograph of Margaret Thatcher, an old-fashioned fire alarm bell and a plethora of paintings are all for sale in the Hospice Shop Antiques and Collectables Auction.

This Sunday more than 350 items, all donated to the hospice shop and put aside for the auction, will go under the hammer of Peter McDonald.

"We have some fantastic rare items in our upcoming auction," said fundraising and marketing co-ordinator Rose Whitaker.

It will be held at The Devon Hotel and Conference Centre with viewing from 10am and the auction starting at 11am.

This is just one of a few events planned for Hospice Awareness Week from May 13 to 20.

During the week ashes from the Tree of Remembrance will be blessed and spread in the gardens of Te Rangimarie on David St.

The tree is put up each year at Christmas. People can buy little tags, write messages in memory of loved ones who have passed on, and hang them on the tree.

Hospice Shop volunteers will be dressed up on Wednesday 16.

"Ideally it's about raising money but Wacky Wednesday is all about having fun," Mrs Whitaker said.

Hospice is also running a Business $100 Awareness Week Challenge which is a way businesses can come up with their own creative ways to fundraise.

Individuals or groups wishing to fundraise should contact the hospice on 7537830. Phone the same number if you would like to volunteer at the hospice.

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