The Sunflower Shop, a charity shop in support if the Waterford Hospice, is located in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. First opened in 2012, the Sunflower shop has seen a steady number of local clientele and has helped raise vital funds for the charitable organisation. The Déise greenway, officially opened on 25th March 2017, has increased the Sunflower shops footfall with tourists and visitors to the greenway coming to the town centre that had previously been unknown to many.
Helen Ridgard, the manager of the Sunflower shop, spoke to the Circular about working in a charity shop based in the South-East heritage town.
Waterford Hospice is a non-profit organisation, first established in 1988 to provide palliative care services in Waterford and South Kilkenny. All care is provided free of charge, irrespective of income and the charity is based at University Hospital Waterford.
Although the Health Service Executive (HSE) provides funding for the Waterford Hospice, it only covers approximately 37% of the amount needed to cover the costs of the services provided by the charity. The majority of the funding is raised by local fundraising and donations including coffee mornings and Sunflower days.
For more information on the Sunflower shop in Kilmacthomas, check their facebook page @Sunflowershopkilmac or contact Helen on 0872756576. Further information on the Waterford Hospice is available at www.waterfordhospice.ie