When David Armstrong's wife Damita was being cared for by Mercy Hospice Auckland, he never dreamt one day he would end up being employed by them.
"has been a big part of my life for a long time now. They supported both of us through what was an incredibly hard time and cared for Damita in such an amazing way. I'm not sure I can ever thank them enough." David stayed in touch with Hospice after Damita died in September 2009 aged 44, popping in to take part in the Open Doors Programme, as he had done so many times with Damita.
"Open Doors is for patients and their support people and all sorts of activities are arranged from pampering to art. I found it immensely helpful to meet and talk with other carers facing a similar situation. I could just be myself because they too understood what I was going through." David says the counselling Mercy Hospice Auckland offers also assists him to live every moment.
"Kiwi blokes aren't great at sharing how we feel but I'm a huge advocate for the counselling, it's helped me immensely." David says when he got the job working at the Mercy Hospice Auckland shop in Ellerslie, heading up the furniture division, he was thrilled.
"I'd given up my job to care for Damita. The opportunity was timely for me to return to the work force. While I'm employed I do feel it's a way for me to give back and thank Hospice by doing the best job I possibly can. I regularly add value to donated goods, ensuring we can get the best possible price when they're sold."
The shop is a hive of activity as more people become aware of the quality of goods they have on offer.
"We're always busy so thankfully I've got a great team of volunteers as we are open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm."
Please note: David says he's always in need of good quality furniture and electronic goods. There is a delivery van to collect items from people's homes if necessary, please call on 579 1208 if you can help.
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.