Hospice Shop holds birthday do

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Dainty cakes and sandwiches suited the air of sophistication at the Gore Hospice Shop’s 5th birthday bash on Wednesday.
Since opening, the outlet had become a popular shopping destination and it had hosted preseason fashion parades
Shop manager Sue Neiman said volunteers and Hospice Southland patron Jack Faul and his wife Alva, of Invercargill, attended the party.
The female volunteers wore hats and heels for the celebration.
Since the organisation began, there had been several changes, Mrs Neiman said.
The outlet had very little heating when they moved in but now it was much more cosy, and walls had been put up to divide spaces.
The area at the back of the shop was used to sort and price goods before they were sold, she said.
The outlet had become a popular shopping destination and it had hosted pre-season fashion parades.
Mr Faul was complimentary about the valuable role the organisation’s four shops played in raising funds and providing a service for their communities.
Mr Faul served as a trustee for 17 years and chairman for 11 years.
‘‘I’m part of it,’’ he said.
When the idea of opening shops was first mooted, Mr Faul was slightly sceptical. He was not sure the organisation had the experience to run such ventures. However, his doubt was unfounded.
‘‘They do a wonderful job.’’
The volunteers always had smiles on their faces and were friendly, he said.