Ebay sales top £32k for children’s hospice

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A volunteer is logging off for the final time after helping Clifford-based Martin House Children’s Hospice raise over £32,000 through online sales.

For the last two-and-a-half years Phil Jacobs has been sorting through donations made to the organisation’s six charity shops and selling valuable items on the hospice’s Ebay site.

And there have been a few surprises as Phil explained: “We had a box of worn looking puppets that came into one of the hospice’s shops that I decided to sell on Ebay.

“They turned out to be valuable Pelham puppets that raised £200.

“I think it is amazing how much money the more bizarre items can make.

“On another occasion a Meissen plate was donated and after researching Meissen on the internet, I sold the plate on the American Ebay site for £200.”

But Phil is now signing off due to family commitments after seeing Ebay sales top £10,000 in the past year for the facility which provides family-led care for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.

“I have enjoyed finding out more about unusual items and it has been really interesting,” he said.

“I am pleased that I have been able to support the hospice in this way and I am still going to be volunteering as a driver.

Celebrating the £32,000 raised through Ebay over the past five years, retail manager Stephanie Rimmington said: “Ebay sales now form a vital part of the retail income stream for the hospice.

“I would like to thank Phil for his time, effort and commitment over the past few years.

“He has helped to develop Ebay for us and we are really grateful.

“Martin House relies almost entirely on donations to enable us to support the children and families that need us.”

The hospice needs over £4.9 million a year to provide support to around 340 children a year and their families at the 15-bedroom facility on Grove Road. Just 12 per cent comes from statutory sources.

Martin House now has a vacancy for someone to volunteer and manage Ebay sales.

For further information please e-mail appeal@martinhouse.org.uk or call 01937 844569.