STALWARTS: Pam and Lester Holmes are farewelled by fellow volunteers at the Tewantin Sunshine Hospice.
STALWARTS: Pam and Lester Holmes are farewelled by fellow volunteers at the Tewantin Sunshine Hospice. Contributed

Op-shop duo farewell bric a brac and welcome the open road

PAM and Lester Holmes have been a major part of the Tewantin Sunshine Hospice op-shop (aka Katie Rose op-shop) for the past six years.

Since its beginning at Beckmans Rd, Pam has been along for the ride as the shop has grown, moved location twice and now in the current position at the Atrium in Tewantin.

"Our Tewantin outlet has established a reputation for quality items at great prices and it is also a happy and fun place to shop, with many of our customers becoming our friends," a Sunshine Hospice spokesman said.

"Pam and her willing husband Lester have worked tirelessly with other volunteers, picking up and delivering all types of furniture and bric a brac around the Sunshine Coast."

The Sunshine Hospice, which is located on Eumundi Rd at Doonan, does not receive any government funding at this time, so the role of the shops are extremely important in providing much-needed resourcing to help ensure the highly specialised care needed by guests and their families can continue to be provided by nursing staff and volunteers.

As Pam and Lester head off for a much-deserved road trip, Judy Shorland, who has been co-manager with Pam for the past year, will carry on the task of continuing to work with the wonderful team of volunteers in the Tewantin shop.

"We are always on the look out for more helpers, so if you are interested in joining our happy team, please drop in to the Tewantin shop to pick up an application form or phone me on 5440 5919," Judy said.