Truck purchase helps hospice

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The Gore Hospice Shop’s operation has moved up a notch with the purchase of a truck which will make collecting furniture easier.
Hospice Southland chief executive Andrew Leys said buying the vehicle was made possible through a Mataura Licensing Trust grant of $20,000, with the balance being topped up by the organisation. The vehicle, which is colourfully signwritten, cost just over $35,000, Mr Leys said.
‘‘We are overwhelmed by the MLT’s support,’’ Mr Leys said.
He said Southland was privileged to have such supportive financial donors in the region.
Until now the Gore branch had been relying on the generosity of volunteers with suitable vehicles to pick up donations of furniture and larger items, such as pianos, Mr Leys said.
Having a truck meant it would contribute to the smooth running of the outlet.
About a fifth of Southland hospice clients lived in the Gore district.
The hospice nurse was spending more time in the area, he said.
‘‘It’s rewarding we’re there when we’re needed.’’
MLT general manager John Wyeth said the organisation believed the hospice shop was very worthy of its support.
The provision of a truck would make the hospice shop’s day-today operation much more efficient, Mr Wyeth said.
‘‘What a great cause.’’
He said the volunteers in the shop were very friendly and the store was well run.