I paid a visit to the local charity shop, Havens Hospices, and I must say the volunteers do an excellent job. They are always friendly, they always smile and they make you welcome. You won’t find any rubbishy stuff for sale, because everything is checked for condition and for cleanliness. Second-hand clothing is cleaned and pressed. Helpers take care with presenting goods. There’s never a cobweb to be seen, never any dust. At Christmas and Easter they have themed displays.
Profits go towards Havens Hospices: there's one for adults and one for children.
People of the village are very supportive by generously donating unwanted gifts, and all kinds of good quality second-hand articles. Whenever I’ve visited the shop, others have been there too, looking for bargains.
Havens Hospice opened in 1983, and since then staff and volunteers have sacrificially given time and love while caring for over 20,000 seriously ill people and their families.
Little Havens Hospice was opened in 1998 and over the last 14 years they have cared for more than 1,000 children with life limiting illness, that’s in addition to supporting their families.
The hospices have provided respite breaks, symptom control, psychological support and end-of-life care, catering for the needs of Southend-on-Sea, Castle Point and Rochford, comprising a population of approximately 330,000.
The Charity was founded on a Christian ethos, with the aim of providing care and support for families of all faiths and those with none.
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