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Friends of Hospice Opening of Second Store

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Cutting the ribbon on the new Op Shop: Laureen Rhodes – OP Shop Volunteer, Gen Ware – OP Shop Manager, Anne Solly – Op Shop Volunteer

Friends of Hospice care Op Shop Celebrate 1st Birthday and the Opening of Second Store FRIENDS of Hospice Op Shop is situated at 33 Little Bridge Street and on Monday volunteers celebrated its first birthday and the opening of a second store at 312 Drummond Street South. Celebrations included a special morning tea for volunteers, Committee of Management, staff and sponsors.

Gen Ware Manager Op Shop thanked the volunteers, community, local business and sponsors for their support. “Ballarat Hospice truly values this wonderful community support,” she said. “All funds raised are directed back into service provision for the patients, families and carers. “Our stores offer a boutique style experience with realistic op shop prices. These include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, home wares, bricabrac, shoes, linen, craft, books, jewellery, handbags and small furniture pieces. Visit us on Facebook for weekly colourful in-store product images and information about events.” Ms Ware added that the op shop had up to 35 volunteers and the shop on Bridge Street was quite busy.

“In our first year I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of volunteers because they do a lot of hours, they make things, they go out and spread the word – their commitment to organisation has been absolutely amazing and the amount of effort and time that they put into the op shop has overwhelmed me,” she said.

The Friends of Hospice Op Shop Little Bridge Street Store is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am – 1 pm. The second store at 312 Drummond Street South is open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm.

Donations are welcome within shop hours to both stores.

For more information contact Ballarat Hospice reception on 5333 7118 or visit in store. Ballarat Hospice offers holistic care to people living with life threatening illness, and to their families and carers.

They focus on quality of life from the perspective of the patient and family. Services include specialist nursing care, psychosocial, spiritual and welfare services, and the loan of equipment, all without cost to the patient and family.

The Op Shop not only injects funds for Ballarat Hospice to continue this service but raises awareness of palliative care and the organisation.