Patient re-opens Hospice shop

10 October 2016

A PATIENT of Wigan and Leigh Hospice has performed the official opening of the charity’s refurbished shop in Leigh.

Patient re-opens Leigh Hospice shop

Gareth Roscoe, 59, cut the ribbon at the shop on Bradshawgate on Monday, October 10th as shoppers eagerly awaited their opportunity to see inside for themselves.

The popular shop has been closed since August while a full refurbishment has taken place which has included breaking through and extending into the neighbouring empty premises.

New signage has been added outside the shop and inside most floor display units have been removed in order to create an open space for browsing. New lighting, a fresh coat of paint and a total reorganisation of the shop has created a more accessible and welcoming shop.

Gareth said: "I'm absolutely delighted to open the shop because of what Wigan and Leigh Hospice has been able to do for me and my family. One of the things that's good about the Hospice and makes it different is that it looks after relatives as well - for example the complementary therapies were available to my wife Nicola as well as me when we needed them.

"It's really heartening to see all these people in the shop: the Hospice is performing a service by providing people with inexpensive but quality goods, offering volunteer opportunities and raising money for the services which are fabulous."

Gareth from Wigan has Multiple Myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. Over the years, he has benefitted from many services provided by the Hospice and now has a 'Hospice in your Home' volunteer Steve who visits him once a week for companionship when his wife is at work.

Customer Sue Morgan said: "I absolutely love how the shop looks - I love all the Hospice shops. We go to the Golborne shop every day and the Platt Bridge shop twice a week. We usually come here once a week so we have missed it while it's been closed."

Tom Barclays, Shop Co-ordinator, said: "It's fresher-looking and there's more space - we were guilty of cluttering before. We have a lot of loyal customers and I hope they will let us know what they think."
Kate Gaynor, Retail Manager for the Hospice, said: "We have been working flat out over the past few weeks to get the shop up and running once again and I am so delighted with how it has turned out. It has been a huge job - especially as the shop has now doubled in size - but our volunteers have been amazing as usual and helped us get the shop to where it is today.

"We look forward to welcoming customers new and old to see our wonderful new shop and help us continue raising money to support their local hospice."

The shop sells a range of items including clothing, books, toys, jewellery, ornaments and more.

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