Are You Feeling The Love?

The shops have been busy readying their windows for Valentine’s Day…some fantastic ideas taking shape.

Here at Barrow Shop we’ve really tried to embrace the theme…’This Valentine’s Day…Love Your Hospice’…with our oversized heart in Forget Me Not colours ūüėä

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We‚Äôre Feeling The Love.

We’ve been out and about…talking to volunteers…staff and the many people who use our services and it has been the most amazing…humbling experience!

I think everyone knows the hospice is loved…appreciated and respected, but it’s only when you start having these conversations that you realise the depth of it…Wow…I mean WOW! It’s just a totally different level to what you imagine!

#CloseToYourHeart

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St Mary’s Hospice…Feel The Love…

A great response to our ‘Close To Your Heart’ blog…it’s great to have so many people willing to share, a big thank you to those that have contributed so far…we’d love to hear from more of you so don’t be afraid to comment…message via Facebook or drop into one of the shops.

I thought I’d share this beautiful poem written and sent in by Lauren.

If you’re feeling creative…and brave why not try writing your own?

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Close To Your Heart…

…a calm descended and a plan was formed…

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The plan it turns out…was pretty simple…because it’s something that happens naturally all the time…we just don’t necessarily talk about it…we just feel it and accept it.

So…on the run up to this Valentine’s Day we would like you to think about why the hospice is close to your heart…not just think about it…but share it with us…let’s have a bit of shop chatter!

The number of people I speak to in a working day…customers…people dropping off donations…volunteers…all expressing their love…gratitude…affection for St Mary’s Hospice so naturally…wouldn’t it be great to share it…to tell the world how awesome the hospice…it’s volunteers…shops…staff and support groups are?

How can you get involved…that’s the easy bit…send us a message or a picture on Facebook…leave a comment on WordPress…drop into one of the shops.

Let’s start the conversation now…

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What Is Valentine’s Day…

You know how sometimes you start thinking about things…then your mind goes off at a tangent and leads you elsewhere…you drift back and forth and suddenly you realise that all of these random thoughts are related…that something links them all…that light bulb moment!

light-bulb-clipart-aha-moment-2First week of January and I start noticing Valentine’s displays popping up in all the high street shops…shock…horror…Valentines…but I’m still finishing off the Christmas cake!!!

After my initial shock¬†I start to panic…what¬†can the hospice shops do for Valentine’s…how can we¬†make our displays different…special?

I started thinking then…what does Valentine’s Day even mean…and is that the same for everybody…so¬†I asked Google (doesn’t everybody?)…what does it mean?

Of course I ended up with a plethora of definitions but my favourite one was this;

Valentine – Something (such as a movie or a piece of writing) expressing uncritical praise or affection (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valentine.)

And then the penny dropped…Valentine’s Day…it’s about love and caring…and then I knew…the only thing that needs to be expressed in our shop windows this February¬†is the love that¬†flows in abundance for¬†St Mary’s¬†Hospice.

Great idea…stop right there brain…but no…the thoughts kept coming! So much love for the hospice…one day was never going to be enough…what else could we do? My mind was abuzz with ideas…from the sublime to the ridiculous…but then it all started to take shape…a calm descended and a plan was formed…

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It May Be Cold Outside But…

It may be cold outside but a visit to St Mary’s Hospice Shop, Barrow will make you forget all about the weather!

With clothing…shoes and handbags only ¬£1 you’ll be in too much of a hurry grabbing bargains to notice the weather!

Where else can you buy a full outfit…including accessories for ¬£5?

#LoveYour£Thing