Staff outside St Lukes Hospice shop Billericay

The St. Luke’s Hospice charity shop in Billericay this week is celebrating its 10th year of helping to raise funds for vital Hospice services.

The store, located in Holly Court, Billericay, opened in February 2009 and has raised money through the sale of donated items including clothes, books, toys and homeware. Money raised at the shop has helped St.

Luke’s Hospice care for and support people with life-limiting illnesses at the Hospice and in the communities of Basildon and Thurrock.


To mark the milestone, the Billericay Town Crier Jim Shrubb, St. Luke’s Hospice CEO Eileen Marshall and Hospice Co-Founder Trudy Westmore-Cox joined shop staff and volunteers to open the store to the public on 14th February. Jim and Trudy cut a ribbon to open the store and visitors were welcomed with tea and cake, made by shop volunteers.

Shop Manager, Maria Zacharias, who has worked at the store since it first opened 10 years ago, said:

“I love the shop as much as I did on my first day. I adore the volunteers, who are like family, and our devoted customers. Thanks to each and every one of you for helping us achieve our goal of raising funds for St. Luke’s Hospice.”

Trudy Westmore- Cox, Co-Founder of St. Luke’s Hospice, said:

“Maria and her team of volunteers do amazing work here which helps raise funds for the Hospice, but they couldn’t do it without the community support. Thank you to all who have supported by donating, buying items, or volunteering.”

The shop currently has ten volunteers, including Lesley McGarr and Renata Lombard, who joined the shop when it first opened ten years ago. Lesley said:

“I decided to volunteer after I retired and really enjoy it. I’ve made lots of friends and we’re all here to help raise money for St. Luke’s Hospice. The best part of the role for me is meeting new people and helping welcome new customers.”

Renata said:

“I love everything about the shop and am so glad I began volunteering all those years ago. It’s hugely rewarding to help raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.”

St. Luke’s Hospice charity shops help provide funding to the Hospice in running vital services to support those living with life-limiting conditions.

The Billericay shop is one of 12 stores located throughout Basildon and Thurrock.

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Article by The Enquirer

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