Hospice shop opens new spot

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There is room for more bargains and that means more money for the community.

The Otago Community Hospice celebrated opening new premises at 13 Ennis St, in Alexandra, with a gathering of volunteers last Monday.

Retail development manager Cat Callanan said the new Alexandra Hospice Shop was about five times the size of the former site in Centennial Ave.

Room for more items meant there was more money they could make which all went back to providing services for the community.

‘‘It is all about fundraising for the Otago Community Hospice that is why we have got a bigger place because you need a bigger place to have stuff to sell.’’

The hospice had to raise about $2.5 million each year to ensure it could provide free services.

‘‘So the shops are an important, sustainable part of our fundraising.’’

An additional staff member, Viviann McFadzien, would join Gitty Meyer, who would be assisted by a large and helpful team of volunteers.

‘‘Our volunteers are crucial and amazing,’’ Ms Callanan said.

The new location had ample parking and there was space for items to be donated as well as office rooms.

The shop would also now be able to do pickups for some items with the addition of a van, that would be able to collect smaller items.

Shopping at the hospice shop not only enabled people to find a bargain but was also sustainable.

‘‘It is a fundraising business that is sustainable, people are reusing, recycling, and it is win win win, for everyone.’’

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