The Hospice Shop Re-opens after refurbishment
Re-opens after refurbishment
Hospice Care’s Castletown shop first opened in 1988. Originally the shop was leased then later, through the generosity of the Scholl Foundation, the Charity was able to purchase the shop. The late William Scholl CBE was Chairman of Share the Care Ltd, the Hospice trading company, until his death in 2002 and he always took a keen interest in the success of the shops.
In 2002 Hospice Shops Management decided it was time for an expansion and a complete make-over and later that year work started, removing old walls at the back, covering in a courtyard at the back and giving covered access to the old barn which had been used for receiving, sorting, and preparing given goods for sale. The newly finished interior almost doubles the shop floor area and totally transforming the premises. Once again Hospice has reason to be grateful to the Scholl Foundation having assisted with the expenditure of this new extension
Hon. J. A. Brown SHK, MHK for Castletown performed the opening ceremony for the newly extended Hospice Shop at 9, Arbory Street, Castletown on Friday 24th January 2003. Those attending included the Chairman of Castletown Commissioners and Mrs Cringle, President of Hospice, Mrs Nadene Crowther, Mr P. G. Collier, General Manager of Hospice and Mr Vickers, Chairman of Share the Care Ltd., together with other Directors.
In addressing those present Mr Brown complimented the Charity for its commitment to the community, the fact that the Hospice shop had a presence in Castletown made an integral part of the retail trading of the Town.
The Hospice Shop is manned by Volunteers and Trading Manager, Mrs Julie Jones, was delighted to introduce everyone to the newly extended shop which is a popular trading venue in Castletown. Thanks were expressed to Volunteer Shop Manager, Anne Clague and her team who had worked extremely hard to get the shop ready for the grand opening.
Share the Care Directors were very appreciative of the generosity of the owners of the Cycle Shop and Ashbrooks Estate Agency for their helpfulness in loaning the empty shop to the Charity, whilst the building works were completed. This enabled the ladies to sustain their fundraising commitment to Hospice and maintain a valuable service to their customers.
None of this would happen without the thoughtful people who donate goods on a daily basis to the shop. Many people have filled the Hospice green bags which have been circulated around Castletown, Ballabeg, again this has made a significant contribution to sales.
In whatever way people give, be it items to sell, money, or volunteer time, it will directly benefit patient care through the many services provided at St Bridget’s Hospice and in the community through St Bridget’s Macmillan Nurses or Hospice at Home.
A selection of other photographs taken at the opening appear below.
|Pictured here are some of the superb band of volunteers who staff the shop Monday to Saturday each week, without whom running the shop would not be possible.|
|Volunteers Ann Farimond and Hazel Cowley pause for the photographer in between serving a large crowd of customers.||A small detail of the window display just visible on the edge of the left hand photo.|
Marianne Smith of Danica Florists in Castletown presents Anne Clague with a bouquet and bottle of wine.
Nadene Crowther, who was responsible for establishing the six Hospice shops, looks on.