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New children’s hospice shop looks for volunteers

hospiceA BRAND new charity shop raising money for seriously ill children is set to open in Stanford-Le-Hope this month, and is on the look-out for much needed volunteers.

Little Havens Hospice, which is part of charity Havens Hospices, expects to open the doors to its newest charity shop on Monday 7th April. The shop, which will be located at 14 King Street, Stanford-Le-Hope, will rely on kind donations to stock the shop floor with clothing and accessories, DVD’s, books, toys and bric-a-brac from the local community, and a team of committed volunteers to help keep it running smoothly.

Kim Horrod, 53, from Leigh-on-Sea, will be manager of the new store. Kim began her career with the charity as a volunteer and is excited about taking the lead at Stanford-Le-Hope and managing her own family of volunteers.

She said, “I loved it when I started volunteering, I felt like I was making a difference. I was meeting new people and making new friends at the same time, it was great.”

Kim then became an Assistant Manager at Havens Hospices’ shop in Hockley. She soon became a Relief Manager for the charity’s sixteen other shops across Essex, a role she fulfilled for three years.

Kim said, “The location and timing of opening the new shop is just right for me. I’m ready for it now. The experience I’ve gained is really going to help too. I’ve seen it from all sides so I’ll be able to relate to volunteers and relief managers. I’m so excited about meeting my new team of volunteers and getting to know the local community, and ultimately, making the shop a success so we can raise as much money as possible for the charity.”

The shop needs between 20 and 30 volunteers who can give their time for one or two shifts a week, between 9am and 1pm or 1pm and 5pm. Those interested in applying will love working with people and talking with customers.

Kim added, “I want the shop to be a relaxed place, inviting and tidy and I need volunteers to help me achieve that. Friendship, new skills and good work experience are just some of the benefits of joining the team as a volunteer. I’ll be a supportive manager and it will be a very happy place to give your time to.”

For more information about the Shop Assistant Volunteer roles available, and to apply please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/volunteering or contact Kim Horrod on 01375 671653.

Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens Hospice and Little Havens Hospice. To find your local Havens Hospices charity shop please visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/charityshops

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