Re­prieve for Red Cross

Shop to stay open un­til spring

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Nor­ris

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

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