I was unexpectedly working in the Barrow shop on Saturday morning, manning the shop floor…I should have been at the Soccer Bar car boot sale so was feeling a little disappointed…but I can honestly say after three hours of serving and chatting to customers…I left there with a spring in my step and a smile on my face!
The characters that came through the door…I could write a book…well at the very least a short blog!
‘What have you done with the regular staff?’ many customers wanted to know…they definitely looked happier when they realised I was a temporary fixture and their favourites would be back next week…I can understand why…we have some amazing volunteers!
The conversations I had that morning…the laughter…the jokes…I saw customers I hadn’t seen in years…they remembered me and I remembered them.
The warmth and familiarity…it felt good…it made me realise what an important part of the community our shop is…it made me proud to work for St Mary’s Hospice…to be involved in the shops and to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful customers.
Love Barrow…Love the Hospice…Love our loyal customers.