Reprieve for Red Cross
Shop to stay open until spring
Shop stays until spring
The Red Cross shop in Castle Douglas has been handed an 11th-hour reprieve.
The St Andrew Street outlet had been set to shut last Friday.
But, with one day remaining, Red Cross bosses agreed to postpone the closure until the spring.
The move co-incided with the News reporting the volunteers’ dismay at their treatment after years of dedicated service.
A sign in the shop window reads: “The shop will now remain open until March 2019 when we hope to find new premises.”
Mobility aids and fundraising volunteer Anne Carstairs welcomed the change of heart.
She said: “The main feeling is one of relief at the moment. The person buying the premises was in no hurry to be doing anything with the building and was happy for us to continue to use the shop for a while.
“We are operating as usual and will be pleased to see people in the shop. We will be continuing our service for commodes and wheelchairs in the usual way.”
Mrs Carstairs added: “Hopefully we can find somewhere else to rent in the new year. We thank all our customers for their patience but it is business as usual.
“This will give us much-needed breathing space.”
The shop is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.
The property, which opened in October, 1978, had been advertised at a price of £75,000 through selling agents FG Burnett.
A British Red Cross spokesman said the charity was looking for “more suitable” premises locally.
Wheelchair loans Anne Carstairs, right, and Edna Williamson
Lifeline The Red Cross team can stay until the spring