Hi to everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times?
On Monday this week ( which now seems eons ago is it really only Thursday?) the decision was made to close all of our shops until it is possible to trade again safely . Those who can work from home are to do so.
Although the Hospice is an essential service, as a non-essential category of shops we needed to close our doors.
This has felt so strange, to have to cease doing what is a dedicated passion, mothball our shops and lock up and walk away. I think we all feel that our shops are our babies.
Pictured above is the drawer where all of my volunteer’s lanyards are all parked up. I will be so happy to see them all back in the shop.
Suddenly plans for upcoming window display , rotas and of course seeing our customers and volunteers daily , plus the routine of banking , sorting donations and all of the “normal” everyday tasks have stopped.
We feel lost , sad for those who are poorly, worried and anxious about how the months ahead will pan out.
But we are busy bees while working from home , planning and preparing for the wonderful moment when we flip the CLOSED sign to OPEN again.
We are busy studying relevant courses and qualifications, and mandatory training .
Our fab Barrow Warehouse staff are working with the local community supporting the Barrow Hub delivering essential supplies to those who are self isolating.
We are keeping positive and adjusting to our new at home roles. This is my set up today , bit of a change from sorting bags of donations!
With the staying at home coinciding with the first really nice spell of weather it has been an excellent opportunity to crack on with all the jobs that usually get left due to lack of time.
Whilst you are self-isolating are you planning a spring clean, sorting all those cupboards and wardrobes that have been on the “To Do” list for ages?
Please think of us if you are although we cannot accept any donations currently .
Please, please do not leave anything outside the shops as there is nobody there to take them indoors .
We will be doubly delighted to receive them when we are back to business. If you could store them safely til then we’d be grateful , we’ll need your support then more than ever.
Also while we are staying home a lot of our daily habits, treats and indulgencies are scuppered. An idea mentioned on the TV was that if you regularly buy an everyday item , say a cup of coffee, but are unable to at the moment would you consider donating that amount to the Hospice please? Of course we appreciate these are worrying times financially for many , but as my Mum use to say “Pennies make Pounds”
Follow the link below to the Donate on our main St Mary’s Hospice website https://www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/donation/make-a-donation/
I will sign off today by sharing the video clip of our C.E.O Val giving a short interview on North West Tonight on 23rd March 2020 speaking about how the virus is affecting the Hospice.
Apologies in advance for the quality , I recorded it straight from the TV , click the link below to watch on Facebook
Keep Safe and we will see you later x