East Ren Provost Alastair Carmichael joined supporters of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice for the official opening of its new charity shop at Clarkston Toll.
He cut the ribbon to celebrate the doors opening in the hospice’s 17th shop, which is a vital resource in raising funds for the hospice.
“The hospice provides free palliative care and support to people across East Renfrewshire,” said Mr Carmichael.
“In fact more than 2000 patients from the local area have received care at the hospice in the past five years.
“Much of its income comes from fundraising and the donations local people in Clarkston make to the new store, as well as shopping there, are hugely important.
“All profits help to pay for nursing care for patients on the ward, as well as those who access day services facilities. The hospice also looks after their families with counselling and children’s bereavement services as well as support for carers.”
Donations are welcome at the shop at 8 The Toll, Clarkston, from clothes and home ware to CDs, books and DVDs.
And the search is still on for volunteers who can help in a number of roles.
Volunteering can be hugely rewarding, it’s a fantastic way to gain experience, learn new skills and meet people. Anyone who can donate their time to work in the hospice’s Clarkston shop will play an integral part in backing the hospice.
“We are delighted to see this new shop now open,” said Maureen Henderson, chairman of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s board.
“The people of Clarkston have been very generous with donations to help get it set up and we hope they enjoy shopping here.
“We can’t stress enough how important hospice shops are to the annual amount that has to beraised every year to provide free palliative care to patients from this area. Every penny counts.”
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice shop is now open at 8 The Toll, Clarkston. To find out about volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 429 5599.