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

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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

 

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!

Keep Calm And Love Violet…Shrieking Violet!

love violet

Starting to think about Christmas…wanting to spoil your loved ones and support St Mary’s Hospice at the same time?

Don’t worry we have made it easy for you!

Our range of Shrieking Violet Forget-Me-Not jewellery ticks all of the boxes!

Exquisite designs and quality 925 sterling silver make these items the perfect gift for all ages.

The Forget-Me-Not’s provide a subtle yet captivating reminder of St Mary’s Hospice…beautifully preserved in resin these tiny flowers carry so much meaning.

You can purchase these from our Facebook shop or at events attended by St Mary’s Hospice Retail…alternatively you can leave a message on our Facebook page with any queries and we’ll get right back to you…Retail at St Mary’s Hospice.

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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!


 

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.