Heart char­ity shop’s decade of fundrais­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -


Vol­un­teers and cus­tomers at a busy Air­drie char­ity shop cel­e­brated its land­mark 10th an­niver­sary with a busy week­end of cel­e­bra­tions.

The town’s British Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) fur­ni­ture and elec­tri­cal store has raised many thou­sands of pounds for the good cause since open­ing its doors on South Bridge Street in De­cem­ber 2008.

Shop­pers were treated to 10 per cent dis­counts dur­ing the three-day event to mark the spe­cial event, while they and vol­un­teers en­joyed a spe­cial birth­day cake plus a buf­fet, bal­loons and dec­o­ra­tions to mark the oc­ca­sion.

It was also a land­mark date for Air­drie vol­un­teer Pearl Bath­gate, who has vol­un­teered at the store since its open­ing day and was pre­sented with a 10- year award badge and cer­tifi­cate by BHF area man­ager Stephen McMen­emy.

She told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I re­ally en­joy it here; I like help­ing out and speak­ing with the cus­tomers.”

The busy store sells house­hold items in­clud­ing beds, wardrobes and so­fas, plus elec­tri­cal goods such as TVs and stereos, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the char­ity’s vi­tal re­search.

BHF area man­ager James Park said: “We’ve en­joyed a fan­tas­tic 10 years of busi­ness in our Air­drie store and were re­ally ex­cited to cel­e­brate this land­mark.

“We’re proud to be one of the big­gest re­tail­ers in the town and look for­ward to wel­com­ing even more cus­tomers to make the next decade just as suc­cess­ful.

“I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all our loyal cus­tomers and vol­un­teers who re­ally make this shop spe­cial and help the BHF fund life­sav­ing re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­eases.”

He added: “We’re al­ways in need of stock, so if you’ve got any un­wanted fur­ni­ture or elec­tri­cal items, help us beat heart­break by do­nat­ing them to fund life­sav­ing re­search.”

Long-serv­ing vol­un­teer Pearl, right, is pic­tured at the 10th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions along­side fel­low vol­un­teer Natalie Welsh.

Birth­day bash Natalie Welsh (left) and Pearl Bath­gate cel­e­brate the shop’s im­pres­sive mile­stone

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