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Volunteers Needed for Queenscourt’s Southport Town Centre Shop

Volunteers Needed for Queenscourt’s Southport Town Centre Shop
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Queenscourt’s shop in Southport Town Centre officially opened its doors in the prime location of 28 Chapel Street on 1st December, 2018, having previously been based on Bold Street in Southport.

The busy high street location sees it rubbing shoulders with neighbours such as M&S, Boots, WH Smith and TK Maxx.

The shop sells pre-loved clothing for men, ladies and children; bric-a-brac; household items; pictures; records, CDs; DVDs; games; books and more.

Run by Manager Dave Lavery, Assistant Manager Sue Caunce and a team of dedicated volunteers, the shop raises vital funds for #teamqueenscourt, so that they can continue to provide exceptional palliative care for local people across West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.

Queenscourt’s eBay shop is also based within the bustling Chapel Street premises, remaining open throughout the pandemic, it continues to thrive.

Dave Lavery came into post in March 2020 and has a rich history of working in the nearby area, holding several positions, including Manager, at HMV on Chapel Street, where he worked for 14 years, and at MVC on Eastbank Street, where The Entertainer is situated now.

Working for Queenscourt Hospice Retail is a job which Dave really enjoys. He said: “Working here is totally different to other retail venues I’ve worked in before – it is very rewarding, as everything we do goes towards supporting Queenscourt.

I am also full of admiration for our volunteers. The time that they give for free amazes me. They just want to come in and do what they can to help.”

Developing the eBay side of the business was something Dave was very eager to do.

Dave commented: “The shop is in a really good spot! Being situated right next door to Caffe Nero, there is a lot of footfall. It is a great time to be situated where it is, with huge investment taking place in the Chapel Street area”.

He continued, “it’s a great place to work, and our volunteers are always guaranteed a warm welcome. We definitely need more volunteers to come in and work with us though, both within the shop itself and for our eBay shop.

To volunteer for eBay, ideally, we would like people to apply who are computer literate. They don’t need lots of eBay experience, as that is something we can train people up on. eBay has the capacity to raise even greater funds for Queenscourt, but we need more volunteers to help make that happen. The more we can list, the more we can sell!”

The eBay Volunteer role involves creating draft listings, researching items and then placing the listings on Queenscourt eBay page. Queenscourt Hospice Retail is also attracting a new army of shoppers, thanks to eBay.

As a small charity with a big reach, Queenscourt relies on the generosity of the wider community in order to continue providing exceptional Palliative Care for local people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire, when they need it the most

Every year, #teamqueenscourt supports nearly 2000 patients with life limiting illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life, at each new stage. It costs £444 per hour, all year round, to provide this level of Compassionate Care, and Queenscourt’s shops (including eBay) are essential to raising this much-needed income for the charity.

For many years, kind-hearted people in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby have been donating their surplus possessions to Queenscourt charity shops to sell.

When the goods come in, staff make a decision on whether they will be sold in one of the shops, or on eBay.

Dave said: “We identify things ourselves to go for sale on eBay, and all of the shops do so as well.

We have also put appeals on our social media for people to donate suitable items to be sold on eBay.

The kind of items that sell well on Queenscourt eBay include, old games consoles, designer clothes and jewellery. One recent donation of a diamond solitaire ring even raised £600!

  • The Queenscourt Shop at 28 Chapel Street, Southport PR8 1BH is open Monday 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday closed. For more details about volunteering at the shop please call Dave or Sue on: 01704 807879 or email: volunteers@queenscourt.org.uk.

To avoid disappointment, please call your local shop ahead of time to ensure the team has enough space to store your donations. To save time, please ensure that any items that are to be sent to eBay are bagged up and labelled separately.

For further information on Queenscourt’s shops, please visit www.queenscourt.org.uk/shops or browse Queenscourt eBay by going to www.tinyurl.com/queenscourtebay

 

 

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