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Vintage surfboard among Hospice's quirky donations

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Tuesday 26th February 2013
The Hospice's Brian Featherstone and the 'vintage' surfboard.

It might be a long way from Barnsley to Bondi Beach but the surf's up for the town's hospice after this quirky donation was made.


The vintage wooden surfboard was left in a shed behind the hospice, at Gawber, and is one of the more unusual, collectible items that's been donated over the years.


The board is about four feet long and carries a 'Surfrider' logo. An internet search revealed it could be from the 1950s or 1960s and a similar item on eBay is selling for about £500.


Charlotte Rowan, the hospice's e-retail manager, said: "It was left in the shed behind the hospice so it was collected and taken to the warehouse until we decide what to do with it.


"I think we will probably sell it on the internet or it might be used in a themed window display."


Charlotte said quirky items like the surfboard is the reason why all items are carefully checked and sorted in case of any antiques or collectibles come their way.


"It's amazing what turns up really, we get all kinds of weird and wonderful things," she added.


Other memorable donations to the hospice have included ox horns, a walking stick concealing a sword, as well as a vintage bowler hat and ukulele.


Some of the goods are sold on to dealers for hundreds of pounds to help meet the cost of providing hospice care.

Last year, the charity's shops brought in an income of about £955,000, with a further £94,000 from rags and £34,000 in retail gift aid.


Charlotte added: "The message to everyone is to please donate their unwanted items to us, as sometimes things people think don't have much of a value really do.


"The same applies to old clothes. We're able to raise more money through passing on clothes and other textiles that aren't suitable for sale to rag merchants.


"Tougher economic times are bringing more people in but we of course need the goods to keep up with demand."


The hospice, based at Gawber, provides inpatient and day care for anyone in the town with a life-limiting condition. It also offers care in patients' own homes as well as a range of other services.


The cost of the services means the hospice has to raise £2 million every year to stay open in addition to the £1.6m NHS grant it receives.

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Posted by phil gregg I Wed 27th Feb 2013 at 3:18pm

Thats not a surfboard its a belly board they still have an annual bellyboarding championship in St Agnes cornwall every year! My Mum