An­swers hospice SOS

Middleton Guardian - - CHURCH FEAST DAY - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

ACHARITY shop has been given a DIY SOS-style makeover by M&S staff.

Springhill Hospice’s York­shire Street store has been trans­formed thanks to the ef­forts of 30 Marks and Spencer staff.

Us­ing a £500 do­na­tion from the com­pany the staff gave the shop and dis­play cab­i­nets a new lick of paint, spruced up the chang­ing rooms and re­designed the win­dow dis­play.

Man­nequins and staff lock­ers were also do­nated to the shop.

It’s the sec­ond year Rochdale M&S has cho­sen the hospice to be its nom­i­nated charity. In 2016 £5,000 was raised for Springhill.

Store man­ager Chris Parker said: “Over 30 mem­bers of the team here in our Rochdale store vol­un­teered in one way or an­other over the year. Springhill Hospice is im­por­tant to our staff, to our cus­tomers and the com­mu­nity it serves and we are com­mit­ted to do­ing what­ever we can to sup­port their vi­tal work.”

As word got out about the project, coun­cil em­ploy­ees vol­un­teered to carry out elec­tri­cal and join­ery work in the shop with ma­te­ri­als do­nated free of charge by lo­cal busi­nesses. This in­cluded re­place­ment tiles and fix­ings for the sus­pended ceil­ing, the in­stal­la­tion of new en­ergy ef­fi­cient LED light­ing, re­fur­bished counter tops and dis­play units as well as new car­pets through­out the shop, sup­plied and fit­ted by White­field’s Win­ton Floor­ing.

Win­ton’s com­mer­cial di­rec­tor John Marsh said: “When we heard of this ex­tremely worth­while project we were very happy to give it our sup­port and we are glad to be able to play our part in sup­port­ing the work of the hospice.”

Other sup­port came from LED Group ROBUS, The Elec­tric Cen­ter, Rochdale Elec­tri­cal Dis­trib­u­tors, Richard Jones Build­ing Ltd, How­dens Join­ery, Abbey Ar­chi­tec­tural Iron­mon­gery, Howarth Tim- ber & Build­ing Sup­plies and Lan­cashire Wall­pa­per & Paints.

Hospice chief exec Julie Hal­li­well said: “We were thrilled to have been cho­sen by our friends at Marks & Spencer for this sec­ond year, to learn of the plans for the Make it Mat­ter project and to have the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from this ex­cit­ing na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive.

“The re­sult has been won­der­ful and the sup- port re­ceived quite over­whelm­ing. It re­ally will pro­vide a long last­ing legacy for the hospice.”

The newly ren­o­vated shop was of­fi­cially re­opened by the Mayor of Rochdale, Coun Ian Duck­worth, at which Julie Hal­li­well pre­sented Marks & Spencer’s Chris Parker with hon­orary mem­ber­ship of the hospice’s Busi­ness Bud­dies scheme in recog­ni­tion of their on­go­ing sup­port.

The Mayor, Coun Ian Duck­worth, of­fi­cially re­opens the re­dec­o­rated Springhill Hospice charity shop on York­shire Street

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