Reds leg­end to open new hospice store

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LIVER­POOL Foot­ball Club leg­end and TV broad­cast­ing pun­dit, Mark Lawren­son, will of­fi­cially open Queen­scourt Hospice’s new re­tail shop in his home­town of South­port on Satur­day, just in time for the Christ­mas shop­ping rush.

Lo­cated in a prime lo­ca­tion on Chapel Street, the shop will give the Queen­scourt Hospice re­tail divi­sion a higher-pro­file pres­ence in South­port town cen­tre.

The char­ity al­ready runs an­other five shops, based in Formby, Burscough, Orm­skirk, Tar­leton and Church­town, to­gether with an on­line eBay Shop and The Box­tree Kitchen café, also lo­cated in Church­town.

The lat­est ad­di­tion to Queen­scourt’s shop net­work will sell high-end men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories, toys, books, CDs, games and DVDs as well as bric-a-brac and other unique items, of­fer­ing a new re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence at the heart of South­port’s main shop­ping area

Run by a team of Vol­un­teers along­side Queen­scourt Hospice shop man­ager Sue Kay, the Chapel Street shop will help raise much-needed fund­ing to sup­port the es­sen­tial ser­vices that Queen­scourt Hospice de­liv­ers for lo­cal peo­ple in South­port, Formby and West Lan­cashire.

Ev­ery year, Queen­scourt sup­ports hun­dreds of pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses, en­abling them to achieve the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life, ad­dress­ing in­di­vid­ual needs through its in­pa­tient unit, Queen­scourt Con­nect, Queen­scourt at Home and Queen­scourt in Hos­pi­tal and Com­mu­nity.

In all, it costs over £400 an hour, 365 days a year, to keep Queen­scourt Hospice run­ning, and the char­ity re­lies heav­ily on com­mu­nity sup­port and dona­tions to do this.

The new Chapel Street shop will play a vi­tal role in the char­ity’s fund-rais­ing ef­forts.

Queen­scourt Hospice ser­vices direc­tor, Deb­bie Law­son, said: “We are very ex­cited to be launch­ing a new shop in the heart of South­port.

“By hav­ing a pres­ence right in the cen­tre of the shop­ping district, we will of­fer a new level of con­ve­nience for cus­tomers and hope that peo­ple will take the op­por­tu­nity to visit our out­let as part of their reg­u­lar town cen­tre shop­ping trips.

“In the run-up to Christ­mas we’d like to in­vite the com­mu­nity to come and see what the shop has to of­fer and to bag some ex­clu­sive bar­gains while sup­port­ing their lo­cal hospice.

“We’re enor­mously grate­ful to Mark Lawren­son for giv­ing his time to help launch our new shop.

“We know he is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of north­west char­i­ties and his sup­port for Queen­scourt will re­ally help to high­light the vi­tal work that we do.”

The Queen­scourt Hospice Chapel Street shop will be of­fi­cially launched by Mark Lawren­son at 11am on Satur­day.

Along­side Mark and Deb­bie at the event will be Queen­scourt Hospice area re­tail man­ager Sue Newth, and Queen­scourt Hospice Chapel Street shop man­ager Sue Kay, along with vol­un­teer shop staff.

Queen­scourt Hospice staff ex­press their thanks for the vi­tal com­mu­nity sup­port they re­ceive, ahead of the open­ing of their new store by An­field leg­end Mark Lawren­son, in­set, above, right

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