Lesley – eBay Volunteer

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“If you were thinking of being an eBay Volunteer my advice is – do it! It’s lovely to help make the most out of the wonderful donations people have made, and to make more money for the Hospice by selling them online."

“I’m Lesley and I work in the eBay team here at the Hospice. I work on a Thursday morning, every week, with another volunteer called Katherine.”

“My interest in volunteering for St Clare comes from the fact that my Dad, who died a few years back of cancer, was cared for at home by St Clare. The team from the Hospice helped to make sure he had the specialist equipment and chair he needed to be cared for at home, and to make sure he was comfortable.”

“My Dad’s wife was his main carer, and continued looking after him when he was unwell, and the staff from the Hospice were there to really offer support. Nurses from the Community Palliative Care Team would come out to visit them at home, and were always there so that they could ask questions and make sure they had everything they needed in place to care for Dad at home. My Dad died at home, as he had wanted, in September 2013.”

“I came across the opportunity to volunteer at St Clare when I was trying to find a home for some furniture. I was looking on the Hospice website and it said that they were looking for volunteers for eBay. I do eBay for myself quite a lot, so I thought that I could use my skills for volunteering at the Hospice. I work part-time so I have the time to do it – I didn’t want to over commit myself so a morning a week was ideal for me, and I just applied online.”

“I like eBay because I like to recycle, I don’t like to see things thrown away. I tend to help my friends who have things they want to sell, and I would put it on eBay for them and give them the money that I’ve made from it. It’s a good way to find a new home for stuff!”

“One of the best things that we have sold on eBay for St Clare were some vintage sewing machines, one of which went for about £250. There have been a few big ticket items whilst I have been here – including a trike which went for around £350!”

“If you were thinking of being an eBay Volunteer my advice is – do it! It’s lovely to help make the most out of the wonderful donations people have made, and to make more money for the Hospice by selling them online.”

“I’ve got the time now to volunteer, and if you have the time, it is good to put it back into your community. Every little helps, however much time you have to volunteer, and it is nice to be able to use the skills that you have.”

“The St Clare charity shops send in items to the Hospice eBay office, which they think are valued at over £20. The eBay volunteers then do some research to find out what similar items have sold for, and we then take photos of the items and write an accurate description. We then list them on the St Clare eBay shop and put them up for auction. If they don’t sell after a couple of weeks we change it to a ‘buy it now’ listing, and then if they still don’t sell, sometimes we return them to be sold in a St Clare shop on the high street.”

“Once the items do sell, it is then my job to box and package the item up, and send it out to the customers. We have a good system between Katherine and I, we each have our role to play!

– Lesley

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