By Peter Ravlich
Like many other volunteers, Jane Wallace approached the Mercy Hospice Shop in Ellerslie after a family encounter with loss. Her mother passed away in Hospice care, making the value of Hospice work all too clear.
"Mercy Hospice nurses were very caring to my mother as she died from cancer." she said.
The Mercy Hospice Shops are full of stories like Jane's, with many families choosing to give their time back to the organisation that supported them through loss.
"Itís about supporting a good cause in our community," said Stephanie McMullan, another Ellerslie volunteer.
David Armstrong manages the Mercy Furniture Shop, located underneath the Hospice Shop.
"Many of our volunteers live in Ellerslie, and can walk to the shop," he said, adding that this developed a strong sense of community pride in the store.
This local community support has led the stores from strength to strength, with generous donations of new and pre-loved goods pouring in. As Christmas approaches, savvy buyers are expected to visit the Furniture Shop, looking for anything from dining suites to light fittings, and the Hospice Shop, for decorations, future heirlooms and fashionable clothing to make the season memorable.
Each object and every volunteer at the Hospice Shops has a story, usually beginning with the selfless work of Mercy Hospice Auckland, and the free palliative care that touches hearts and minds in this season of giving.
Mercy Hospice Auckland opened its newest shop in January at Mt Roskill's bustling retail centre at 22 Stoddard Road (just along from the Coffee Club and next to the soon to be opened ASB) on Monday 16th January. » Read more
Skip the shopping mall madness and pop into our Ellerslie Mercy Hospice Shops at 188 Ladies Mile where you'll find a treasure trove of unique quality recycled and end of line clothing, home-ware, furniture and electrical appliances. Our Ellerslie shops will be opening longer between 9am to 6pm on Wednesday 21 December to give you more time to find that special gift.