Marie Williams’ bookshop in Main street will re-open under the Arohanui banner, as part of a bequest from Marie who died recently in the Hospice’s care. Marie was diagnosed with secondary cancer in November last year, since then a group of volunteers have kept the shop going.
“We are so excited to have been gifted the bookshop by Marie. We are very fortunate to receive bequest gifts which help us to fund the care of our patients and their families. It is a gift that will keep on giving, providing us with a revenue stream into the future, definitely a lasting legacy,” says Louise Curtis, Director of Strategy and Operations at Arohanui.
With the help of the current volunteers and the Hospice’s own volunteers the shop is ready to re-open. The shop will be re-named Arohanui Hospice Marie’s Main Street Books, and will be open Monday – Friday 9.30am–4.00pm, Saturday 10.00am–1.00pm.
The shop is the seventh secondhand goods shop for Arohanui Hospice, with the others being spread across Levin, Feilding and Palmerston North. In 2014/15 the shops raised $925,000 towards the annual funding shortfall of $2.2million that the hospice fundraises each year as government does not fully fund their operation.
Arohanui, in the MidCentral District health Board area is available to Ōtaki residents.