More Than Just Shops…

If you think that St Mary’s Hospice retail is just about physical shops it’s time to think again…we’re so much more than just shops!

Yes you can find us on the high street of Barrow…Dalton…Grange…Millom and Ulverston…and our shops are amazing…but that’s not where it ends!

We sell online through our Ebay shop…hospiceofstmaryoffurness…available 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day…how great is that?

Purchasing books and DVD’s online through Amazon…if you click ‘all selling options’ you could find yourself purchasing from St Mary’s…that’s so awesome isn’t it!

Remember when buying from St Mary’s Hospice not only do you end up owning something you wanted…but you’re helping support hospice services too! How amazing is that?

Every purchase you make helps us care…

£1.50 covers the average petrol cost for a Hospice at Home visit.

£3.50 covers the cost of a hearty breakfast on our Inpatient unit.

£19.00 covers the cost of one hour of patient care.

So next time you click ‘add to basket’ take a minute to contemplate…what you are doing is so much more than what you are purchasing.

It’s not just about shopping either…follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news…it couldn’t be easier!

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Demetria, 21, University of Leeds


When I was 16, I moved to Middlesbrough on my own – since then, I don’t really know anyone in Barrow. I first started working with St Mary’s Hospice when I was around 19, and had just come back from my year abroad and found myself with an empty summer ahead of me. I was looking for some CV-fodder and thought that volunteering would at least get me out of the house.

It was a bit daunting at first because I didn’t know anybody, but I came in twice a week throughout the whole summer and ended up loving it. Volunteering forced me to get up and get dressed on rainy days, and made me talk to people that weren’t my mum and my dog – since once I’m out of my uni circle of friends, I tend to become a bit of a hermit.

Aside from how it benefitted me personally, I could feel good knowing that I was helping the local community.

Whenever I am in Barrow during the Christmas and summer holidays, I always come in and ask if they need any help. Even though I can’t commit five days a week for years on end, I can see with my own eyes, how just a few hours here and there whenever I can fit it in really benefits the shop. It’s also a great way to meet and get to know new people from different generations that I wouldn’t really get the opportunity to know otherwise.

I always feel really cheerful when I leave at the end of my session. Barrow can be a bit depressing, but helping the hospice and chatting away to other volunteers while we work can be really, really lovely. I’d recommend to anyone with a few hours to spare a week to come in. Worst case scenario –  no one’s forcing you to go, so you can stop. Best case scenario – you can help the community, make some great new friends, have an amazing new “volunteering” section on your CV, develop tangible retail experience, learn about stock rotation, and how to use a till. The list goes on!


Demi x


A New Year…A Fresh Start…And Infinite Possibilities! 

Less than two weeks left in 2017…I don’t know about you but at this time my thoughts often turn to the coming year and the opportunities it might bring.

If you hope to make a change in 2018 why not try something different…if you’ve never volunteered in a charity shop before maybe 2018 is the time!

You don’t need particular skills or experience…we can teach you that…but if you enjoy working in environments where you feel valued…needed…accepted then we have a place for you.

You can call into any of our shops today and ask about volunteering.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I see a potential volunteer…don’t delay…pop in…make that call…leave us a message on Facebook…you won’t regret it!


If Life Gives You Lemons…Sell Them And Buy Shoes!

What an amazing week we are having so far on Ebay!

A few weeks ago we had a donation into our Ulverston shop which included a numerous pairs of Gentlemen’s shoes…traditional…bench made…stylish and timeless. Realising the potential value of the shoes we sent them straight to our Ebay shop…that decision has definitely paid off this week!

Trickers bench made brogues…Trickers ox blood commando style…Loake & Sons bench grade commando style…were sold by Ebay auction this week bringing in a massive £230!

How awesome is that?

Ebay really has revolutionised charity retail…for the better!

Love Donations…Love Ebay…Love Your Hospice!



All That Glitters…

I love how everyone associated with retail has embraced the idea of Ebay…it makes the job so much easier!

Instead of one pair of eyes trying to pick out items suitable for Ebay we now have a veritable army taking part… shop staff and volunteers…not really involved in Ebay but eagerly looking through their shop donations for that one item that is going to give us all a pleasant surprise!

Jean at Barrow shop loves looking after the jewellery donations for us…she is meticulous…sorting…cleaning…checking…pricing…displaying…she can do it all! A couple of weeks ago she came across something that she thought could be worth something…she took it off to a local jeweller and came back very excited…she had only gone and found a genuine 9ct gold, opal brooch!

Days later and it’s listed on Ebay…and I’m happy to say it has now sold for £90…awesome! Thanks to Jean this exquisite brooch was sold for it’s true value…brilliant news for the person that donated the item and the hospice!

Love Barrow…Love Ebay…Love Volunteers

We are still looking for a dedicated Ebay volunteer…someone with photography skills…simple computer skills…someone who likes researching things…if this appeals to you why not drop me a line on Facebook…Retail at St Mary’s Hospice…and we’ll get right back to you!

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!