Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Kind- hearted work­ers at a Ruther­glen store are to hold a char­ity af­ter­noon for a good cause.

Kirk­wood Fash­ion in Ruther­glen Shop­ping Xchange will hold a VIP Day this Sun­day, Novem­ber 1.

They’ll be raf­fling a Her­mes Birkin hand­bag off, while cheese and wine will be avail­able in the store too.

All the money raised will be go­ing to­wards the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal, which aims to raise funds and to help make a real dif­fer­ence to those who need it most.

The ap­peal aims to do this by pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal help like food and warm clothes; cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for train­ing and em­ploy­a­bil­ity; and en­abling so­cial and emo­tional sup­port.

The store’s man­ager Jen­nifer Pan­chal said: “It should be a good day for a great cause - we’ll be raf­fling the Her­mes Birkin bag which is a ter­rific prize and we will have cheese and wine on the day too.

“We ac­tu­ally did a char­ity event in Mother­well re­cently that was a fash­ion event, and we gave the money to the St An­drew’s Hospice.

“This time we wanted to do some­thing more lo­cal to the area, so we thought of the VIP Day.

“I’ve gone through hard­ship in my own life, and I’ve been lucky to find my­self with this com­pany.

“They’ve been very good at help­ing char­i­ties, and I want to do some­thing that helps give back to peo­ple and chil­dren that are strug­gling - that’s why we thought of go­ing to the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal.”

In just four years the Ap­peal has man­aged to raise more than £8.2 mil­lion, al­low­ing them to make 297 big and small grants to projects across all 32 lo­cal author­ity ar­eas in Scot­land.

Those projects then help to pro­vide much needed sup­port to over 37,000 chil­dren.

Good cause Kirk­wood’s Jen­nifer Pan­chal (left) and val­ued cus­tomer Kath­leen Con­nor

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