Brother and sister patients open new St Elizabeth Hospice shop in Bungay

A brother and sister cared for by St Elizabeth Hospice officially opened the charity’s new shop in Bungay on Friday 22nd March.

James Deacon, 83, and his sister Barbara Wortley, 85, have been cared for by St Elizabeth Hospice and want to highlight the importance of money raised from the shops in helping to provide the charity’s services free of charge to people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.

The siblings cut the ribbon at the official opening at 10.30am.

Mr Deacon, who has heart disease and diabetes, said: “St Elizabeth Hospice has been fantastic to me, I have been going on Mondays to Day Care in Ditchingham. The staff are wonderful and I could not wish for a better service.”

Ms Wortley said: “I have benefited enormously from Day Care at Ditchingham, I don’t know what I would have done without St Elizabeth Hospice.”

The Hospice is appealing for volunteers who can spare a few hours a week or month to help in the new shop – and would also welcome donations of unwanted goods.

If you would like to donate your unwanted items  – such as clothes, books and bric-a-brac – you can drop them off at the shop in St Mary’s Street between 9.30am-4.30pm.

Jason Rudderham, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “The money raised from our shops plays a vital part in funding local Hospice care for local people. Mr Deacon and Ms Worley are two of the many local patients who have benefited greatly from St Elizabeth Hospice’s free services and I would like to encourage the Bungay community to support our new shop in the town so we can continue to help more people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.”

St Elizabeth Hospice costs £8.7m a year to run and provides local Hospice care for local people living with a progressive illness.

The new shop is the charity’s 21st and more are due to open in Beccles and Harleston.

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