The UCHT operated a CBD Hospice Shop and a combined Warehouse/Shop until June 1, 2023, at which time the Trustees transferred these two retail operations to the Otago Community Hospice. This transfer was part of a rationalisation of the Trust’s activities.

This step was taken because the Trust had accumulated sufficient financial resources to fund its anticipated future operations. It seemed pointless for the Trust to continue to operate the two retail operations, to then donate a significant proportion of the funds generated to the OCH, to fund their Upper Clutha services. It made more sense for the OCH to operate these retail businesses themselves for their own benefit.

The UCHT’s paid staff agreed to transfer their employment to OCH and the Trust has encouraged stock donors and the volunteer team to continue to support the shops under OCH ownership.