The Havens Hospices charity shop in Rayleigh celebrated its 15th year of raising money for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses.
The store, located on High Street in Rayleigh, opened in July 2002 and sales from the shop have been helping the charity since it opened its doors. The money raised in the shop helps Havens Hospices provide short breaks, manage pain and symptoms and care for seriously ill babies, children, young people and adults across Essex, whilst giving vital support to the family at the same time.
Carol Reeve, Shop Manager who has worked for Havens Hospices for four years said,
“To me, my staff and volunteers are the best in the world, I simply couldn’t run the shop without them. We get a huge variety of donations from our supportive local community and we enjoy the challenge of making as much money as we can for the charity and `Making every day count’ for all who access the hospices.”
The team celebrated with an afternoon of tea and cake for staff and volunteers on Tuesday 4th July 2017.
The shop also celebrated three volunteers - Maureen Maynard, Joyce Nelson and Ann Whittington who have been volunteering in the shop since opening day, July 4th 2002. They were presented with certificates by Chris Buttwell, Trading Retail Manager at Havens Hospices.
“I knew of the charity and the wonderful work they did for the community as my friend’s daughter was using Little Havens; so when I heard that they were opening a shop in Rayleigh I didn’t hesitate, I was even here on opening day as a volunteer making teas and coffees! I think the work the staff do at the hospice and the care they provide for both the children and their families is brilliant; I love that by volunteering for them I am able to help Little Havens Hospice continue to help families across Essex.”
Chris Buttwell said
“The work that everyone does at the Rayleigh shop is fantastic and reaching 15 years really is a testament to how hard they’ve all worked to become an integral part of their local community. I would also like to thank the local community for their generosity and support over the past 15 years. Havens Hospices have to raise £100,000 a week to be there for everyone who needs us, all our care and support is free and that is only possible because of the kindness of our supporters. Every purchase helps an adult, baby, child or young person living with a serious illness be as pain free and comfortable as possible – for as long as needed; so thank you.”
Havens Hospices shops stock high quality clothes, shoes, books, toys and homeware. For more information on Havens Hospices shops visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/charityshops.