Hospice patients cut ribbon at new shop

05 November 2015

Two patients of Wigan and Leigh Hospice officially opened its new shop on Hope Street in the centre of Wigan today (5th November).

Walter Shone (67), from Leigh, and John Hardman (65), from Winstanley, enjoyed a glass of Bucks Fizz and cut the ribbon to officially open the new shop, which is five times bigger than the former Hospice shop on Mesnes Street.Hospice patients cut ribbon at new shop

The new shop has two floors and sells a much wider range of stock. On the ground floor, the store is devoted to furniture and clothes, while upstairs a brand new "Occasions" department sells bridal dresses and mother-of-the-bride outfits as well as Prom, evening and cruise wear.

John, who was only referred to the Hospice a couple of weeks ago, spent a week on the In-Patient Unit before being discharged back home. John has asbestos-related lung cancer and, when diagnosed six years ago, was given a prognosis of just nine to 18 months, which he has clearly outlived by a long way.

John said: "When I was first referred to the Hospice I was really worried but I quickly realised what a wonderful place it is and I left feeling in a much stronger and more comfortable state than when I arrived. I felt very honoured to be invited to open the Hospice's new shop in Wigan and felt a bit like a celebrity."

Walter has been a patient of the Hospice since May and, sadly, lost his wife earlier this year. Walter has prostate cancer and receives weekly visits from Vicky Wilcox, a Hospice in your Home volunteer. He also sees a Hospice Nurse Specialist when required.

Walter said: "I was delighted to be asked to open the Hospice's new shop as they have supported me for several months now. The Hospice in your Home volunteer service is such a lifeline to me. I really enjoy my visits from Vicky. She makes me laugh and we always have a good chat."

Kate Gaynor, Hospice Retail Manager, said: "It was wonderful to have John and Walter with us today to do the honours and officially open our new shop.

"The Hospice's network of shops has now grown to 13 across the borough and raises over £600,000 each year for the Hospice so they are such a valuable source of income for us.

"Our new shop has enabled us to expand our range and take on a bigger and more prominent shop.

"Please come and see for yourself the fantastic range of products we have on sale in the run up to the Christmas party season."

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