The Pink Ladies coffee shop at the Cayman Islands Hospital will close Friday after serving customers for 35 years.
The Health Services Authority will host a farewell thank-you tea party at the coffee shop for the volunteers at 4 p.m.
Pink Ladies Director Jane Moon said the premises will be handed back to the Health Services Authority.
“There will be someone coming in to occupy the space as the Health Services Authority has put the premises out to tender to run it as another cafeteria business in the new year,” said Ms. Moon.
She said the organization made the decision to close the coffee shop because of a steady downturn in the number of volunteers available to assist in running it and the trolley service, as well as the increasing cost of running the business.
She said The Pink Ladies has about 100 members, but not all of them are active.
“We haven’t gotten any new members … we sort of stayed the same … and some of the ladies are a bit older now. They cannot do as much as they used to years ago, but they still stay on as Pink Ladies,” she said.
The coffee shop, which served breakfast and lunch five days a week, needed about 20 volunteers – two per shift – throughout the week to properly run the service.
Ms. Moon said closing the coffee shop means that the group’s members will have more time to devote to other volunteer activities, such as hospital visits and working with the Pines Retirement Home and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.