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Huge contribution . . . Gore Hospice Shop helpers Lou and Dorothy Youngman are moving to Oxford this weekend and were thanked for the eight years they had volunteered for the group by shop retail manager Sue Neiman last week. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore Hospice Shop helpers Lou and Dorothy Youngman will leave big shoes to fill when they shift to Oxford, retail manager Sue Neiman says.

The couple, who have been helping at the shop since it started in 2011, were farewelled at an afternoon tea last week.

Mrs Neiman said the couple moving away would be a “huge loss” to the shop.

“We all love them – they are such great people to have around.

“They’re not looking at it from what’s in it for me.

“They just give from their heart.”

It was not only during shop hours the couple had helped out.

“The hours they do at home would exceed the hours that they do here.”

At the couple’s farewell, Mrs Neiman had jokingly said to the men who helped in the shop “they’ve got big boots to fill and they will have to lift their game”.

“Everybody laughed when I said it, because they all knew what I meant.”

Mr Youngman’s handyman skills had been invaluable and Mrs Youngman had helped prepare items for sale.

Mr Youngman said the couple had enjoyed their time working at the shop.

“You never lose sight of why you’re here and that is for hospice and to me it’s a great organisation to give some time to.

“We’ve had our laughs.”