This month we paid a visit to the Marie Curie Charity Shop situated on South Street to find out more about this invaluable charity and how people can get involved.
Opening on South Street in 2018 the Marie Curie Charity Shop has a fantastic variety of stock, selling everything from men’s and women’s clothing and accessories to books, DVDs, CDs and stunning and unusual vintage pieces.
Victoria Coshall, Manager of the Marie Cure Charity Shop on South Street, said: “We accept all sorts of donations and anything we cannot sell in the Exeter shop can be transferred to one of our shops that does. We also use a recycling company, so nothing goes to waste! More donations means more specialist end of life care, so that handbag you haven’t used in months really would make a difference.”
About Marie Curie
This charity prides itself on providing expert care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Services available in Exeter include Marie Curie Nurses providing expert care in patients homes and Marie Curie Helper volunteers providing support with small daily tasks, companionship and emotional support.
Trained support line officers and Marie Curie nurses are just a phone call away on the free Marie Curie Information and Support line. Anyone can call 0800 090 2309 for practical information and support or with any questions or concern about terminal illness.
Something Marie Curie are always looking for is volunteers, and the South Street shop is no exception. The charity is also always on the look out for volunteers to help with street and supermarket collections, especially in March during the charities biggest fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.
There are also opportunities to volunteer as a Marie Curie Helper, visiting people living with a terminal illness in their own homes, offering companionship and support for up to three hours each week.
Victoria said: “Volunteering is so rewarding and a great way to meet new people, so if you have time, come and join us! People volunteer with us for many reasons, some may have a family member or friend who benefitted from Marie Curie care and support and want to give back, some want to keep busy whilst giving back to the local community and many are looking to gain new skills and experience.”
How can local businesses support Marie Curie?
There are many ways businesses can lend their support. Could you have a collection tin by your till or reception desk? Or hold a fundraising event such as a ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’? Maybe you’d like to choose Marie Curie as your Charity of the Year? Some companies even allow their staff time to volunteer, especially in March during the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Other ways to support Marie Curie
If you are looking for other ways to support this charity, why not take get involved with a fundraising challenge such as this year’s ‘Swimathon’? Join Marie Curie at Pyramids Leisure Centre between 27-29 March for the world’s biggest fundraising swim. With distances between 400m and a triple 5k there is a challenge for everyone. For those looking to swim on a different date or pool or for more information, visit www.swimathon.org
For more information about the charity, any of the items mentioned above and how you can support your local branch, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/local/charity-shops/exeter, visit their Facebook page (@ExeterMarieCurie) or pop in to the South Street shop!
Marie Curie South Street shop opening hours: