Putting the Love Into Pre-Loved

From Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June, Playpark at Karen Walker Newmarket will be hosting a mini pop-up store to fundraise for Dove Hospice. The pop up will feature a selection of hand knitted sweaters, cardigans and vests that were lovingly worn before being donated to Dove Hospice. Hand-picked by Karen Walker, these pre-loved knits will retail for $75, with all proceeds going to Dove Hospice to continue their incredible work.

Dove Hospice fulfils a unique role, offering free holistic care and support for people with life-threatening or terminal illness from the moment of diagnosis.

There is a personal connection for Karen Walker, when in 2016 after the death of her mother, she took bags of clothing for donation to Dove Hospice. She was so moved by the care and gratitude Dove Hospice gave her when donating, that she wanted to raise awareness for the charity, so they can continue to offer support to others in need. “The staff were great, and there was such respect for the process of giving up these clothes and for the life stories that my mother’s wardrobe held”.


Julie McCarthy, the Executive Director of Dove Hospice, appreciates that the Playpark pop-up will raise the profile of their six stores throughout Auckland, as well as their Trade Me store and the “amazing, recycled fashion gems” that can be found. “This collaboration is a leading example to other businesses of the role they can play in growing a compassionate community through creative partnerships”.

Dove Hospice’s quality recycled fashion fits perfectly with Karen and her brand’s “less but better” approach, as it highlights the pieces that can be found in charity stores, like Dove Hospice. As a design company, Karen Walker’s aim is to produce beautifully crafted items that will be well-worn and enjoyed for decades. The brand is committed to creating unique and well-made pieces in boutique quantities, knowing that loved clothes last.

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