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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Our Cheeky Chiminea Has Found His Forever Home…

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.

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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!

We Love A Blind Auction!

Apprentices at Furness College, working with their tutor Scott Wilson, have made a garden wood burner in the style of a “Minion”

They have donated this and other items to St Mary’s Hospice in the hope of raising much needed funds.

It is hoped that this can become a yearly project for Apprentices both to make the gifts and to visit the Hospice to understand our services and importance to the Community

From left to right (picture below), Ben Watson, Sophie Monk, Lee Harkin, Matthew Brown, Reece Mallon and Sam Johnson.

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Thanks so much to the Furness College apprentices and their tutor…the wood burner is a fantastic piece of work…they should be really proud!

We have decided  a Blind Auction is the best way to sell this unique wood burner as we’re sure there will be many people who want to own him.

If you would like this cheeky little chimenea to be coming home with you…all you need to do is enter a bid at our Ulverston shop, following the instructions below;minion 1

12 New Market Street,
Ulverston,
Cumbria,
LA12 7LN
Tel: 01229 580614

Opening hours:
10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday

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HAPPY BIDDING!

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It’s Not What You Look At That Matters…It’s What You See…Henry David Thoreau

I’ve been telling anybody who will listen (for as long as I can remember)…window dressing…it’s not my thing! I’m no good at it…well I can’t escape it any longer! It’s got to be my thing now…no excuses…no sulking (I don’t sulk really…honest!)

So Friday night I took the proverbial bull by it’s horns and attacked the Barrow shop window…in a non violent creative way of course! For a first attempt I’m okay with it…I think it conveys the message I was trying to put out!

The funny thing is…after all of these years trying to avoid window dressing…I actually found the process rather enjoyable…so much so that before I realised…it was 10pm and I was in desperate need of a cuppa!

The moral of this story…don’t knock it until you’ve tried it…a bit like volunteering really!

For volunteer opportunities in our shops…call in…call up or catch up with us on Facebook…couldn’t be easier.

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