Van Volunteers help on furniture rounds - East Cheshire Hospice

Van Volunteers help on furniture rounds

More volunteers are wanted to help on the furniture rounds run by East Cheshire Hospice.

The scheme is thriving with the charity van out and about collecting and delivering items six days a week.

Furniture sales generate around £13,000 a month, a vital source of revenue for the Hospice which needs £9,362 every day to operate.

Items are collected from donors to take to Hospice shops or delivered to buyers’ homes.

Furniture van volunteers Richard Raymond (left) and John Wilkinson. 

Commercial manager Louise Delany said: “Shifts are flexible and are usually one day a week, starting at 9 am and finishing at 3 pm.

“Volunteers start with one day a week because it’s quite a hard job and physically demanding. There’s often room on the rota if people want to do more.

“Volunteers are usually retired or semi-retired and are matched with people sharing the same interests.

“No experience is required. We need drivers and a mate, who doesn’t necessarily have to drive. The pairs often swap roles.

“The schedule is organised and typically the volunteers will do six trips a day. A dolly is used for furniture.”

The Hospice is looking for good quality furniture to sell in its shops at Chestergate, Thornton Square, Poynton and Handforth.

Louise said: “The shops are doing really well and our furniture range is hugely popular.

“Our donors are extremely generous, providing us with good quality furniture to sell on to our loyal customers.”

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