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The Friends of St Mary’s shop is open
22 August 2020

The Friends of St Mary’s staff and volunteers were delighted to get ‘back to business’ by re-opening their new main shop in the foyer.

Lesley Myland, chairman of the charity, said, “This shop was launched just before lock-down, and we were enjoying getting used to new ways of working. However, in line with Covid safety measures, we had to close the shop, together with the cafes in Outpatients, the Laidlaw Clinic and Ryde Wellbeing Clinic; the very popular ward trolley service also ceased. 

“We have not been able to resume the cafe and trolley services for now, but we are optimistic about doing so when the time is right. 

“For the time being we are relying on hospital staff and visitors to ‘spend! spend! spend’ in our foyer shop.  Profits from our activities have been supporting the Island’s NHS for 32 years and we want to carry on doing that, especially now when the NHS has become so important.

“We have a great range of gifts, drinks, stationery, snacks and greetings cards. The shop is located just past reception in the main foyer and is open from 9am until 3 pm, Monday to Friday.

“If people are not coming to the hospital, they can still support patients and staff at St Mary’s through our collection boxes scattered across the Island.”

Lisa Brodie, the shop manager, said inevitably takings were significantly hit by the lock-down, which means less money becoming available to purchase extra equipment for the Island’s NHS. “We are pleased to find that some of the 60 or so volunteers have returned to help staff the shop, and we hope in time more will return.”

For now, though, the big challenge was to make visitors and staff more aware that a well-stocked shop was very much up and running!

Photo: Lisa Brodie stands at the entrance of the new shop, flanked by volunteer Liz Falconbridge (left) and deputy manager Sophie Winter.

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