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Volunteers Needed in Nostalgia Tenby

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Volunteers urgently required on Thursday afternoon and Saturday to serve customers and help sort donated clothes and items at Paul Sartori Nostalgia Tenby. Merchandising and pricing of products is also involved.  An interest in vintage, retro and antique items would be ideal, but not essential.  Start as soon as possible to help for a minimum of 3 hours per week. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Enquiries: Tim Davies, tel: 01437 763223, email: tim@paulsartori.org.

Your volunteering time will be much appreciated

Sartori Home Furnishings & Warehouse Officially Open

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Photo (Group outside the store after opening) – pictured: New Warehouse for the Paul Sartori Foundation

The Paul Sartori Foundation, Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home Service, is pleased to announce the official opening of the Sartori Home Furnishings Store and Warehouse in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest, sharing the premises with family owned Cartlett Home and Garden Store.

99% of the items sold at the Paul Sartori Foundation retail outlets are donated by the general public. At the Sartori Stores you can buy quality recycled, donated clothes, antiques, jewellery, vintage/retro, household items and furniture while supporting Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home Care Service.

Mr Ian Westley, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire County Council officially opened the store on Thursday 15th September 2016 in front of a crowd of visitors. The Warehouse is the Sartori retail outlet distribution centre, and is vital in coordinating collections and distributing kind donations amongst the 10 Sartori Stores throughout the county.

The opening was well attended including the Mayor of Haverfordwest, Cllr Alan Buckfield and Mayoress Mrs Buckfield, Paul Sartori Foundation volunteers, trustees, staff and members of the public.  Charles Clewett, Chair of the Foundation welcomed everybody. Mr Clewett also thanked the owners of Cartlett, Mr Brian Rickard and family, who left a considerable amount of store equipment for the Foundation to use.  Charles also extended thanks to the volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to relocate from Honeyborough and ensure the store opened on time, without affecting customers, donors and the other stores.

Cllr Buckfield talked about the vital partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and Paul Sartori Foundation. Cllr Buckfield explained how the Discretionary Business Rate rebate boosts the charity income which helps fund the vital hospice at home service.

Jean Morris from the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services explained the value of volunteering for charitable organisations such as the Foundation explaining that “Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless”.

Thanks to community generosity and support, the 11 Sartori Stores raised a net profit of £233,331 equating to over 9,300 hands on nursing care hours.

The hands on care service is one of 9 other services including equipment loan, Advanced Care Planning, physiotherapy, complementary therapy, bereavement counselling, training and education, clinical nurse specialist, general enquiries,  and standby services. Last year the charity delivered a total, 17,259 hours of care to over 800 people across Pembrokeshire.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and enable people who are living in the later stages of life to die at home, pain free, with dignity, independence, and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

Thanks to a special Volunteer – Matthew Durney

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Photo – pictured: Toni Dorkings, Sandra Dade, Judith Williams, Gaynor Davies, Helen Price, Matthew Durney & Pat Coombs

The Paul Sartori Foundation could not function without its strong team of over 300 volunteers. The volunteers are a crucial and a vital support network to the Foundation, so to say goodbye to Matthew Durney after 10 years of volunteering for the Foundation was a sad day!  This is particularly as Matthew only came to help out for one month back in 2005 and has been a real asset since!

Matthew joined the volunteer team to help out for a short period of time – one month to be exact.  He has never looked back; enjoyed giving his time and the camaraderie.  Matthew has helped out in a variety of roles including picking up and delivering donated items and furniture, door to door collections, helping out at various fundraising events and working in our shops.

Matthew recognised the need for the Foundation, and knew Father Sartori well, recalling the family and the Foundation as a whole, he added “The Foundation has come on since I joined, but under the current management structure it has really gone from strength to strength.  I congratulate all involved!”  He is looking forward to taking it a little easier now he has stepped down from volunteering, although he will remain as a Voting Member.  Matthew has enjoyed the varying roles saying that it has kept him fit, and at a young 76 years, he is looking forward to visiting family members and maybe playing a bit more bingo.

Pat Coombs, Clinical Coordinator, worked closely with Matthew in the early days when equipment and shops shared a small van.  “Matthew and I joined the Foundation at roughly the same time, I remember him putting great enthusiasm into the role and nothing was too much trouble.  The challenge then was sharing the van, whereas now, we have a bespoke van for equipment and the Warehouse and Distribution Centre have their own dedicated vehicles.  Matthew was a pleasure to work alongside.”

Charity Manager, Sandra Dade will also be sad to see Matthew leave the volunteer team, but is appreciative of Matthew’s decision to remain as a voting member, “Matthew volunteered two days a week for us, driving around the county collecting donations and furniture and distributing them to our 4 stores, a bit of a different story to our 11 stores in the county now!”  Sandra added the following tribute “A much valued volunteer, Matthew was awarded a special PAVS Volunteering Award in 2008 for his contribution to volunteering at the Foundation.”

A farewell “fish & chip” party was held for Matthew attended by staff at the Head Office giving Matthew a good send-off.  Sandra Dade thanked Matthew for all his help over the years in his varied volunteering duties, adding “Matthew is a great character who was asked to help for 1 month and stayed for over 10 years – thank you for your dedication and commitment Matthew!”

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and enable people who are living in the later stages of any life limiting illness to die at home if that is their wish, with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.  Further information on the charity and volunteering information, please visit www.paulsartori.org, or phone 01437 763223.

 

Sartori News – September Edition

Welcome to our Paul Sartori Foundation newsletter, Sartori News September Edition.  We hope you enjoy the read.  If you have any feedback at all, or future article requests, please get in touch with Ceri on 01437 763223. Please follow this link: sartori-news-september-16email

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