Hospice shop celebrates successful first year

Dame Judith Hill, left, is pictured with shop volunteers and local celebrity ambassador, Emma Louise Johnston as the Northern Ireland Hospice shop situated in Main Street, Maghera, is celebrating a successful first year of business. MM28 501con
Dame Judith Hill, left, is pictured with shop volunteers and local celebrity ambassador, Emma Louise Johnston as the Northern Ireland Hospice shop situated in Main Street, Maghera, is celebrating a successful first year of business. MM28 501con
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THE Northern Ireland Hospice shop situated in Main Street, Maghera, is celebrating a successful first year of business.

The local charity shop is known for its wide range of quality clothing at bargain prices. The Maghera store is one of twenty four hospice shops that operate across the region.

As celebrations got under way, staff and volunteers thanked customers for their continued support and explained how good quality clothing and household goods are the lifeblood of the Hospice Shop. The shop volunteers, all local members of the community highlighted how each bag donated is worth approximately £30 which exchanges into providing one hour of hospice nursing care to a terminally ill patient.

Joining in on the celebrations, and speaking of the shops success, Retail Manager Gillian Carson said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their kind donations and business; we rely heavily on people donating their unwanted items which in turn are used to provide hospice care to local families across Northern Ireland.

“Our shop operates in a friendly environment, our volunteers are always on hand to help customers find the perfect bargain; I would like to invite anyone who has not yet visited our shop to call in and have a look about. You will be pleasantly surprised at what we have to offer.”

Filled with quality garments and household bric-a-brac, the charity shop has become a hot spot for shoppers who enjoy calling in to look through the rails of garments filled with clothing from sought after brands at reduced rates. Not only is the shop filled with must have items, but it has become the focal point for the community where friendly chats are always on offer.

Each year, Northern Ireland Hospice depends on the generosity of the public to help meet the £5 million fundraising target which is needed to maintain Hospice services. The success of Hospice charity shops is dependent on the support of stock donors, customers and volunteers from the local community.

If you are interested in enjoying the fun and friendship associated with being a member the Hospice Shop volunteer team, please visit Gillian or May at the Maghera Hospice Shop or phone 028 7964 3101 to register your interest.