A group of English and French residents of Jugon-le-Lacs are working together to support Hospice Africa (Soins Palliatif) France (HA(SP)F) in raising funds for Hospice Africa.
HA(SP)F’s goal is to help fund the setting up of a model of palliative care delivery, similar to that of Hospice Africa Uganda, in one Francophone country in Africa that will in turn become a model for palliative care delivery in other French-speaking countries on the continent.
One of the ways in which HA(SP)F supports this initiative is through the charity shop, ‘Magasin d’occasions‘. The idea of setting up the shop was initiated by HA(SP)F president James Bennett and his wife after they came across similar shops in Liverpool run by Hospice Africa UK. The shop, run by a team of volunteers, sells donated merchandise such as clothing, books, and furniture to members of the community.
“A charity shop is fairly unique in France, so at first we had to rely on British expats and visitors. Now, the locals understand the concept and we are very popular throughout the year,” explained Bennett.