Media release: for immediate release
Mary Potter Hospice has moved permanently out of its rented premises in Prosser Street, Porirua, due to damage caused by storms several weeks ago. This includes its second-hand shop, warehouse, and hospice community base.
It was decided that the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers, patients and shoppers was paramount as the storm dislodged asbestos from the roof of the shop and warehouse building. They were closed immediately after the storm.
While there was no asbestos identified in the hospice community base, it has also been closed as a precaution.
“We are committed to providing the same caring and compassionate service to our patients in the Porirua/North Wellington area,” says Hospice spokesperson Philippa Sellens. “If patients and their family and whānau have any question they should phone their regular Hospice contact, or ring 04 237-2307 or 0800 627 976.”
Today the goods in the warehouse will start being removed by a specialist asbestos removal company. Retail and warehouse staff have been rehoused in other Mary Potter Hospice locations.
“We’re in the process of finding a new shop and warehouse. We’re committed to opening again as soon as possible, as the source of funds from the shop is so important to the service that we can provide to our patients.”
“We are pleased that we are taking possession of our own premises in Porirua next year. We have purchased Emmerson House and we will run our community hospice activities from there from mid 2019. We are very committed to remaining in Porirua to provide the very best care to people in North Wellington and Porirua,” says Ms Sellens.
Donations of goods for our shops can still be made by phoning 237-2300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be collected by our team of drivers.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this closure has caused. We are working hard to make sure that everything is up and running as smoothly as possible.”