That Friday Feeling…

My mother always used to say ‘ Don’t cry over spilled milk’…and I tend to agree…unless of course that spilled milk is part of your yummy hot chocolate and it is now flowing freely over your desk…paperwork and computer keyboard…then a few tears are perfectly acceptable!

That was Thursday’s mishap…one of many this week!

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel clumsy in your thoughts and your actions…that’s been me this week! Spilled drinks…mispronounced words…tripping over thin air…thank goodness it’s Friday!

I intend spending my weekend flicking between our Ebay and Facebook page…it’s never boring in Retail…an auction to follow on Ebay…shop posts to read on Facebook…what more could I want…except maybe a hot chocolate!

hot choc



Sharing The Love…

Oh my goodness…I’ve just seen this year’s Christmas Puddings and they look amazing!

I kid you not…you are going to be jumping up and down with excitement when you see the new packaging…and that’s before you even taste a pudding!

Sharing the love for St Mary’s Hospice…there’s nothing more to say is there…what a beautiful message.

We have 3 sizes of traditional Christmas puds…gluten free Christmas puds…chocolate and sticky toffee pudding too…find them in our shops from early October!


Kindness…Sprinkle That Stuff Everywhere!

Saturday afternoon and I’m minding my own business strolling round a local low budget/bargain shop…full of cold and feeling a little sorry for myself…scouring the shelves for cold remedies!

‘Hiya’ I hear…I turn and find one of our regular Barrow shop customers…we exchanged pleasantries and then I turned to leave…I had gone about 5 steps when I heard them quietly say…’Thank you…thank you for being kind’

I turned and went back to them…turned out they hadn’t been well for a long time…were struggling with a painful chronic illness and when they weren’t feeling particularly good they would head to Barrow shop…where they were guaranteed a healthy dose of kindness…no judgement…no questions…nothing needed in return…just people happy to help…to chat…to care.

‘You will tell them won’t you? It means a lot…their kindness…it makes a difference.’

I assured them I would. I left that shop with a lump in my throat feeling very humble and a little bit proud

…proud of the staff and volunteers of Barrow shop who have brought kindness into this person’s life

…proud of all our retail staff and volunteers, knowing they sprinkle kindness like confetti on a daily basis…go into any of our shops if you don’t believe me…not only will you find fantastic bargains but you’ll find a friendly face…a happy atmosphere and KINDNESS in abundance…if you don’t please let me know

…proud to be part of St Mary’s Hospice…a great organisation where we know no other way than to be kind.

Love Barrow…Love Volunteers…Love Your Hospice.

So Many Books…So Little Time!

If you are a self confessed bibliophile then we have an amazing volunteer opportunity for you!

Always fortunate with donations…we are particularly well supported with books. All of our shops sell them however there are some books (and DVDs) that just sell better online.

If you are someone who cares about books…methodical and organised…with a great sense of humour and an eye for quality…comfortable using a computer then this could be the role for you.

The system we use for selling online is really simple to use…if you can use a smart phone…tablet or computer then you should pick it up no problem.

If you would like to find out more about this role leave a message on our Facebook page…Retail at St Mary’s Hospice…we’ll get right back to you.

Got A Story To Share?

We’ve got so many volunteers (and staff who have volunteered) at St Mary’s Hospice…we’d love to hear from you…hear your story…how you came to volunteer…what it means to you…feel like sharing?

Happiness is…

I know…I’ve been talking a lot about volunteering lately…but it’s something I’m passionate about…I love to hear volunteer stories when I’m out and about in the shops…

What made them volunteer? Why they chose St Mary’s Hospice? What volunteering means to them?

I’ve been on holiday this week and to help pass the time I’ve been doing a little reading around the subject of volunteering…I found an article on which highlighted an exerpt from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications…Volunteering: The happiness effect

‘…they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy’  ( you can access the full article, Volunteering and it’s surprising benefits at 

Who doesn’t want to be happier? Why aren’t we all volunteering?

If you want to conduct your own research…and find out if volunteering makes you happier…why not volunteer in one of St Mary’s Hospice shops…see what happens!

So What Is A Taster Day?

We know that volunteering is a big deal and sometimes the thought of everything you need to do to become a volunteer is off putting…I mean all that effort and then you find out you don’t even enjoy it…might as well not do it in the first place…just in case!

We understand that and that’s why we introduced taster days…an opportunity for you to try out volunteering before you officially apply…if you don’t like it that’s ok…you don’t go back…but at least you know…you’re not left wondering what if!

If you do enjoy your taster day then you can complete the recruitment process with more enthusiasm knowing that you’re applying for a volunteer role you’re going to enjoy…it’s a win win situation!

Taster days can be arranged through the shop managers of individual St Mary’s Hospice shops…they can be mornings or afternoons and give you the opportunity to experience all areas of charity shop volunteering.

If you would like to try a taster day in your local St Mary’s Hospice shop why not call in and speak to the manager…alternatively leave a message on our Facebook page, Retail at St Mary’s Hospice and we’ll get back to you…hope to hear from you soon!