Actor Sue helps hospice raise a cushty £1k total
Only Fools and Horses star makes appearance at charity’s first shop
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