February the month of love…what better time to share all the wonderful comments we have received during our ‘Close To Your Heart’ campaign.
For the next 14 days we will be sharing these with you.
Why not pop into our Barrow Shop and take a look at all the wonderful comments displayed.
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 😊
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?
…a calm descended and a plan was formed…
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…
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!
First 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…
You remember Colin our cheeky chiminea…lovingly created by apprentices from Furness College…and the star of our recent blind auction?
I’m happy to tell you he has found his forever home…the winning bid raised £100 for St Mary’s Hospice…how great is that?
Colin’s new owner would like to remain anonymous but assured me he will be loved by all the family. They knew as soon as they set eyes on him that he was the chiminea for them…ecstatic scenes ensued when they found out they were taking him home!
Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and placed a bid…I’m sure you will join me in wishing Colin and his new family many cosy…fun-filled years together.
A cold…dark…rainy day in January…the winter months can seem so long can’t they?
What to do to relieve the boredom…that’s the question?
Something that doesn’t cost a lot…is flexible…fun…interesting?
We’ve got just the thing! Volunteering with St Mary’s Hospice…our shops are always looking for new volunteers!
It’s fun…it’s fast paced…it’s social and it’s helping raise funds for your local hospice…what could be better?
Drop into any of the shops and ask about volunteering or leave a message on Facebook … go on give it a try!