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WITH the open­ing of the new Hyde re­tail unit at 27 Mar­ket Place, Hyde, Wil­low Wood are also un­veil­ing a new look. The new logo is fresh, bright and ap­peal­ing, and sets the tone for the shop which has been re­fit­ted to a high stan­dard and has a clean and mod­ern in­te­rior.

This con­tem­po­rary fin­ish will soon be repli­cated in all eight of Wil­low Wood’s shops, which are con­ve­niently lo­cated in town cen­tres through­out Tameside and in Glos­sop. To find your near­est one just go to www.wil­low­wood.info for full ad­dress de­tails.

The new up-to-theminute style re­flects the changes that are tak­ing place at Wil­low Wood. Head of in­come gen­er­a­tion and mar­ket­ing An­thony Lord said: “We’ve got some re­ally ex­cit­ing plans for the fu­ture, and the new logo is the first vis­i­ble sign of the changes. We’re con­scious that rais­ing £2.3mil­lion an­nu­ally is a huge task but we have a great new team ei­ther in post al­ready or due to start with us shortly. I’m more than con­fi­dent that they will rise to the chal­lenge.”

Both An­thony and com­mu­nity and events of­fi­cer Chris Hay­den have been at Wil­low Wood for some months now, and An­thony con­tin­ued: “Chris is work­ing on some ter­rific new events to be an­nounced shortly, and he has just been joined in the team by Elaine Mc­Connell, who has a very strong back­ground in hospice fundrais­ing. Again, she is bring­ing new ideas to the ta­ble and has re­ally hit the ground run­ning. I can prom­ise you though, that our best-loved events such as the Light Up A Life ser­vices will con­tinue.”

There will be a new face head­ing up the re­tail di­vi­sion as well when Sharon Smith joins the team as re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager. An­thony said: “She’s worked in re­tail for many years and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to her in­put. Our shops are a very im­por­tant part of our in­come gen­er­a­tion, bring­ing in over £700,000 and we’re look­ing for­ward to in­creas­ing our mar­ket share.”

The in­come gen­er­a­tion team is com­pleted by lot­tery man­ager Diane Austin-Hughes, and PR, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Lynn Fothergill who, as An­thony said: “They’ve both been in post for around a year now, and have al­ready proved their value.

“We mustn’t for­get the other three other of­fice-based mem­bers of the team, lot­tery as­sis­tant Mau­reen Chis­nall, data­base and ad­min­is­tra­tion su­per­vi­sor Laura Pritchard and ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Rachel Kelley. We just couldn’t do with­out their support and en­thu­si­asm – and we’re all ea­ger to make a real con­tri­bu­tion to the fu­ture of Wil­low Wood.”

The new shop in Hyde, and left, the new logo

Elaine Mc­Connell

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