Ac­tor Sue helps hospice raise a cushty £1k to­tal

Only Fools and Horses star makes ap­pear­ance at char­ity’s first shop

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

She cut the rib­bon at the launch of Thames Hospice’s first shop, in Ger­rards Cross, on Fri­day May 6, as mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity flocked to the high street shop on a beau­ti­fully sunny day.

Best known for her role as Mar­lene in BBC sit­com Only Fools and Horses, she was joined by town coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown and Thames Hospice representatives, pa­tient Carol El­lis and nurse Veron­ica Show­ers, who cut a be­spoke Thames Hospice cake to mark the oc­ca­sion.

On ar­rival, shop­pers were treated to cel­e­bra­tory drink some re­fresh­ments.

Thames Hospice mar­ket­ing and PR of­fi­cer Amy Dan­browsky said the amount raised was ‘great for a brand new shop’ and added: “We’re de­lighted to a and be in Ger­rards Cross be­cause we’ve been wait­ing for a good shop to open up for a very long time.

“It’s the heart­land of where our pa­tients come from. The com­mu­nity came out to sup­port us. Sue Hold­er­ness was won­der­ful with ev­ery­one who there. It was an ex­cit­ing day.”

Julie Row­ley, Thames Hospice di­rec­tor of re­tail, said: “We were thrilled to open the doors of our new shop and de­lighted to get such a warm wel­come from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Our spe­cial guests Sue Hold­er­ness and coun­cil­lor Chris Brown added to what was al­ready such an ex­cit­ing day and they en­joyed chat­ting to all our cus­tomers. We were priv­i­leged to have Carol El­lis, to­gether with Veron­ica Show­ers, there to high­light how important our shops are in gen­er­at­ing in­come so we can con­tinue to care for pa­tients across the Thames Val­ley.”

On Fri­day the tele­vi­sion star showed her sup­port on so­cial me­dia and Tweeted: “Met great peo­ple today at the open­ing of the new Thames Val­ley Hospice shop in Ger­rards Cross. Please sup­port it!!”

Ac­tress Sue Hold­er­ness (above, third from left) at the open­ing of a new ThamesHospice shop in Ger­rards Cross

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