Hospices play a vital role in our communities, supporting those with terminal illnesses and their families. Remuera’s Dove Hospice relies on donations from the community to offer its free-of-charge services and its shop, located in Remuera Village, is one of the key ways it raises funds.

Donations to the shop can come in any form, whether it be a vintage piece of furniture, costume jewellery or a treasured knitted cardigan. You can also donate your time, by becoming a volunteer at the shop.

The Dove Hospice shop has been a part of the Remuera village for five years and support from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. This has enabled the Dove Hospice shop to move into larger premises, which are now located at 393 Remuera Road.

Shop manager, Cathy says, “We have some great customers that are very loyal to us, and we are grateful for their support”. Cathy works with an assistant manager and the rest of the staff are all volunteers, which can vary from two to eight staff helping per day.

Dove Hospice has over the past two years had success from a joint initiative with Kiwi designer Karen Walker. A pop-up shop has been set up at the Karen Walker Newmarket store, which usually runs for a few days during winter. Karen handpicks clothing and accessories from Dove Hospice stores, including a lot of hand-knitted items. The clothing is dry-cleaned free of charge by local business Regal Drycleaners, and all sale proceeds from the pop-up go to Dove Hospice. A great relationship with Karen Walker has been built through the initiative, and Dove Hospice hopes it will continue.

Dove Hospice is different from the other hospices in that it supports those who have a terminal prognosis as well as those who expect a full recovery. Once a patient is diagnosed with their illness, Dove will take them right through, offering ongoing support for not only them, but their family too. They also provide carer and bereavement support services.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at Dove House in Glendowie, the Distribution Centre in St Johns or at a Dove Hospice shop, fill in the online form on their website www.dovehospice.org.nz and someone from Dove Hospice will get in contact.

Otherwise, pop into the Remuera shop and ask for Cathy, who can take you through the process of volunteering which is quick and easy to do. Volunteer work has some surprising benefits for both you and your community.

“Dove Hospice is always looking for volunteers who are committed to helping. All the staff are very friendly, and it is a great way to not only help out but also to make new friendships in the community”, says Cathy.