Stevenage volunteer gives back to hospice that treated late mum

PUBLISHED: 12:05 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 03 December 2018

Peter Humphrey's mum was cared for by Garden House Hospice Care - he now gives back to the charity by volunteering at its Broadwater store. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

Peter Humphrey's mum was cared for by Garden House Hospice Care - he now gives back to the charity by volunteering at its Broadwater store. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

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A volunteer at a Garden House Hospice Care charity shop in Stevenage has spoken about how giving up his time has helped him to say thank you.

Peter Humphrey has been volunteering at the Broadwater shop since it opened in September, having seen first-hand the important work the Letchworth-based hospice does.

In 1995 Peter’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and was later cared for at the hospice, where she sadly died.

Peter, who has lived in Broadwater since 1963, never forgot the care that the hospice offered his mother and his family, so when he saw an advertisement looking for volunteers at the new shop he jumped at the chance.

Peter, who is the lollipop man at Roebuck Academy and a scout leader for the 5th Stevenage Air Scouts, said: “Garden House Hospice Care provides vital end of life care to residents of Stevenage and beyond. I am pleased to support such a good local charity.

“My relationship with the hospice has spanned many years. It helped my family and me, and now it’s time for me to help them.

“You can help them too by coming into the shop, donating your unwanted items, or just volunteering like me.

“All of our customers get a bargain – we have some super items for sale, all very varied.

“At the moment we are really keen to have donated stock such as toys, men’s clothing and ladies winter wear.”

Peter added that the most memorable item he has sold to date was a pull along quality wooden pirate toy on wheels. He put it out for sale himself and it sold within 30 minutes.

Sue Plummer, chief executive officers at the hospice, said: “The hospice relies on support such as Peter’s, and we have 550 volunteers across the whole of our growing service.

“We are very grateful to those who are able to give some of their time to help us.”

If you’ve got clothes, shoes, toys, DVDs, CDs, books, homeware, furniture, electrical goods or mobile phones that you no longer need, you can donate them to one of the hospice’s stores around Stevenage and North Herts.

To view the charity’s new eBay site visit stores.ebay.co.uk/garden-house-hospice-trading.

And for volunteering opportunities with the hospice see ghhospicecare.org.uk/volunteers.

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