‘Wonderful’ volunteer steps down after 23 years

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 October 2015

Pearl Shephard (centre) with Sue Cox store manager (left) and Mandy Lewis asst. manager (right).

Pearl Shephard (centre) with Sue Cox store manager (left) and Mandy Lewis asst. manager (right).

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For 23 years Pearl Shephard has been behind the counter serving people at a Portishead charity shop, but this week she said goodbye.

Volunteer Pearl, aged 92, has worked at St Peter’s Hospice since 1992 and in that time the High Street shop has raised about £2.5million.

However, she decided to step down after having to give up driving.

Pearl, who lives by the marina, said: “My time at the St Peter’s Hospice shop has been wonderful.

“It started after I retired and had extra time on my hands. It was a great thing to fill my time and I also made lots of new friends.

“Things have changed greatly since I first started. We used to have a small box as a till and write everything down but now there are many more systems to learn and use.

“In the early days I would look around the house for things to bring in and sell but now the amount of donations we get is just fantastic.

“I’ve got mixed feelings about leaving the shop, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here but it feels like the right time to go.

“I would definitely encourage anyone with spare time to take up volunteering, it’s so rewarding and you meet lots of new people.”

St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year from North Somerset, Bristol and other areas.

Portishead shop manager Sue Cox said: “Pearl has been a great asset and a wonderful volunteer for us for more than 20 years. She has stepped in to help cover holidays and nothing is too much trouble.

“Our shop also has a big social side and Pearl has always joined in on nights out and Christmas parties so she will be hugely missed.”

The shop is looking for volunteers and anyone interested can pop in and enquire about roles.


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