St Peter’s Hospice shop in Portishead celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday 24 June
The shop opened on the High Street in 1999 and has since raised an estimated £1.125m profit for the charity.
St Peter’s Hospice mascot, Lenny the Bear, led the celbrations with a bubble machine and balloons. A special cake was enjoyed by staff and volunteers past and present, and a raffle offerd up special prizes including a £100 John Lewis voucher, digital radio and pet shop goodies.
In addition a special 10% discount on all items went some way to say ‘thank you’ to the people of Portishead for supporting the shop and hospice so well for a quarter of a century.
Volunteers Pearl Shepherd and Norma Rossiter, who both began at the Portishead shop back in 1992 were among those in attendance.
Norma’s husband Michael died of throat cancer just before the shop opened in 1992. He was cared for by the hospice for ten days before his death.
“He was so well looked-after,” said Norma. “So a few weeks later I went along to the shop and offered to help.”
Norma remained an active volunteer up until last year, giving 24 years of service to the Hospice.
Volunteers such as Pearl and Norma are vital to keep St Peter’s Hospice running. The Hospice is currently looking for people to help at its first dedicated furniture and home shop, opening in Brislington in July. For more information, call 0117 915 9448 or visit stpetershospice.org.uk/volunteer/in-a-shop.