Op-shop event to give back to hospice

Opshop for Hospice organisers (from left) Lauren Gorinski (20), Hannah Wilson (21) and Lydia...
Opshop for Hospice organisers (from left) Lauren Gorinski (20), Hannah Wilson (21) and Lydia Harrex (20) are swamped by hundreds of donations for today's giant charity op-shop event at the Allanton Hall. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

One of Hannah Wilson's favourite pastimes is op-shopping, but every item she picks up an item from a rack a voice inside her asks ''do you really need that?''

This weekend Hannah (21) and her friends Lauren Gorinski (20) and Lydia Harrex (20) will host probably the biggest one-day op-shop Allanton has seen.

They hope to raise as much money as possible for the Dunedin Hospice, which looked after Miss Wilson's late mother, Eunice Wilson, while she was sick with ovarian cancer.

Mrs Wilson died on August 1.

Her daughter, an early childhood education student, wanted to give back to the hospice after it helped her and her family through a very tough time.

''We are so grateful. They were absolutely wonderful to us and looked after Mum like you wouldn't believe.''

Mrs Wilson was a fun, friendly person and adored by many in the Mosgiel community.

Miss Wilson joked that whenever she came home with a bag full of op-shop clothing to show her mother, she would always get the same reaction.

''She would say `did you really need that, Hannah?'''Today's giant Opshop for Hospice event has on offer hundreds of pieces of clothing, all donated by people in the Mosgiel community, who found out about it through word of mouth, posters and online.

Clothing bins range from $2-$20 and the women will also be selling baking and painting nails because Mrs Wilson was always liked having her nails perfect.

All proceeds from today's op-shop will go to the hospice, as will any leftover clothing.

It will be held at the Allanton Hall and sales will be cash only.

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