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Volunteers needed for new Southend Hospital Charity shop

30 July 2019

Fundraising

Southend Hospital is set to open a new charity shop in Southchurch by the end of the summer - and is looking for new volunteers to help out.

The new shop is at 573 Southchurch Road, a former hairdressers, and is next to the popular Zu dress and shoe store.

This will be the third charity shop opened by the hospital's department of fundraising; the two others are in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff and Broadway West, Leigh.

Both existing shops already have their own teams of long-established volunteers who work with a paid member of staff.  All profit goes towards helping Southend Hospital patients, with the shops raising tens of thousands of pounds a year.

One of those vital volunteers is Sylvia Holland, 73, from Leigh-on-Sea, was one of the original group of volunteers who helped open the Westcliff shop back in April 2012. The grandmother-of-one, who volunteers every Monday and Friday morning, has made good friends with her colleagues, extending to nights out and day trips to see a fellow volunteer who moved to another part of Essex.

She said: "I really enjoy it, they are a nice group of people and there is a a good atmosphere and it is pretty relaxed. It gives me a sense of purpose, and it's a nice feeling knowing that the money raised is helping the patients."

Jane O'Connell, the hospital's voluntary services manager. "We are looking for chatty, friendly people, who have a bit of spare time, can commit to a regular slot, barring illness or holidays, and like to be part of a team,"

Interested? Please email volunteers@southend.nhs.uk or call 01702 435555 ext 6135.