This Valentine’s day…Love Your Hospice…

Happy Valentine’s Day…today and for the previous 13 days we have been sharing the love for St Mary’s Hospice.

I’d like to thank everybody who has participated and shared their thoughts and feelings…it’s been really special reading them all.

Hearing the reasons behind why people support…shop…donate to the hospice…why they give up so much of their own time to volunteer for the hospice…why they use the hospice services has been a real honour.

Everyone’s story is different…but they all have one think in common…they demonstrate how essential the hospice is…how needed…how valuable…but most of all…how LOVED the hospice is by the community it serves.

#LoveYourHospice

#CloseToYourHeart

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14 Days Of Love…

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.

#LoveYourHospice

#CloseToYourHeart

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?

#CloseToYourHeart

#LoveYourHospice

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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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!

Facebook…Retail At St Mary’s Hospice

Instagram…More than just shops

Take a look…like…follow and share.

 

You’ve Only Got Until Monday! 

That’s right…our blind auction finishes Monday 8th January…if you want your garden parties to be the talk of the town then you need this  cheeky little chiminea!

You know what to do…stick your bid in an envelope and pop it into the Ulverston shop…if you can’t get there but would like to bid contact us on Facebook and we’ll work out a way you can!

Who wouldn’t want Colin (I couldn’t help naming him!)warming up their patio?