Heart charity shop’s decade of fundraising
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