The team at Life Pharmacy.
Life Pharmacy Franklins is a community-based business that prides itself on being part of the health and wellbeing of our community. The pharmacy has been operating in Warkworth since 1955, when Brian Rees opened the store as Brian Rees Pharmacy. Since then it has moved premises and changed name, but we still believe that good honest advice and healthcare is essential to everyone’s existence, and feel our services are trusted in the community.
How do you choose which charitable groups, not-for-profits, or schools in the community to support?
We really take pride in supporting our local schools, clubs and the community environment as we believe that this is our future. We donate to charities from Pink Ribbon Appeal and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, to our local museums, golf clubs and flower shows.
What form does your support take?
We love to make up beautiful gift baskets for raffles, or sometimes we provide Life Pharmacy Gift vouchers as prizes.
Is there a special moment you can share that highlights the importance of being a sponsor?
Having people return to tell us how successful their fundraising event was and that they made their goal or target.
Do you get many requests for support and do you have to turn many down?
We get around four or five requests each week for some sort of sponsorship – most of these we can help.
How many people do you employ locally?
We have a well-oiled team of 17. Fourteen of these are local ladies, some of whom have grown up in and around the Warkworth district.
Are you confident about doing business in your town?
Warkworth is a thriving community at the moment, with lots of new development in both the residential and commercial areas. As more large-format brands come to town it is easier to continue to shop local, as all our needs are met here. The recent growth in the community means that we can now provide new services like our beauty therapy treatments.
Do you think it’s important for locals to ‘shop locally’ and do you use / support local businesses for your products and services?
Very important, this is why we support the local community with sponsorship, and would hope that locals support us in return. Warkworth has a real family feel and when shopping locally it feels like you are supporting friends and family. We always use local businesses where possible; electricians, plumbers, builders, painters.