Jobs boost as store opens
The 22- year- old, who worked in Overtown, was nearing completion of her pre- registration year to qualify as a pharmacist when she developed a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer.
She graduated with a First Class Honours with Distinction in pharmacy in 2016 but died in March 2017 following her short battle with the disease.
Now a new scholarship has been launched at the University of Strathclyde in her name.
Eilidh’s sister Kerry, who is herself a Strathclyde Business School graduate, said: “The Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund will allow many young people like Eilidh to attend university and realise their full potential in life.
“Eilidh not only achieved a First Class Honours degree from the university but also enjoyed all the experiences associated with life at university.
“We are very grateful for the support of the university, businesses, family and friends who have supported the establishment of the scholarship fund.”
The Hamilton graduate has been described by Strathclyde’s principal as having “a positive influence on everyone who engaged with her” during her time at the university.
Eilidh’s family are now working with the university to continue this legacy by establishing the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund to support other promising students.
The scholarship wi l l p rovide opportunities for students from less advantaged backgrounds to study at the University of Strathclyde.
Each scholar will receive £ 5000 over four years to support the essential costs of university, including transport and learning resources. Funding for a total of 20 scholarships has been raised through a series of events led by Eilidh’s family and friends, including Lena Wilson, who is a visiting professor in Strathclyde Business School.
And funding for one of the scholarships is being matched by Strathclyde University’s Alumni Fund.
Strathclyde principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “I am delighted that Strathclyde both contributes to and manages the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund, which will undoubtedly provide opportunities and support for many young people hoping to attend our university.
“Eilidh was a wonderful young woman and an outstanding student who was a positive influence on everyone who engaged with her.
“Through the commitment and generosity of Eilidh’s family and those who have helped create the scholarship fund, Eilidh will Thirty new jobs have been created with the opening of The Food Warehouse at Wishaw’s Caledonian Retail Park.
The firm has invested more than £750,000 in bringing the new 8,694 sq- ft supermarket to the town, offering shoppers all the value of a wholesale store without the need for membership.
The Food Warehouse, located in the former Poundstretcher unit, combines the convenience of bulk buying with great value fresh, frozen and ambient food deals across more than 3,000 product lines, as well as including exclusive “when it’s gone, it’s gone” deals on a selection of homeware items.
Managing director Richard Walker said: “We’re delighted to be opening our new store in Wishaw. The Food Warehouse is an innovative store format, responding to the changing needs of shoppers by offering amazing bulk-buy deals and homeware offers alongside a fantastic range of frozen, fresh and chilled foods.”
Launched just four years ago, The Food Warehouse now has over 64 stores across Britain and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, with significant growth plans for the year ahead.
The Wishaw store manager, Elaine McSheffrey added: “Our team are so excited to welcome the people of Wishaw to our brand-new store.”
Earlier this year the Wishaw Press reported that the Food Warehouse, part of the Iceland Group, would be moving into the retail park after the continue to be a true inspiration for other young people.”
Before studying at Strathclyde Eilidh attended Holy Cross High School in Hamilton, where she was school dux.
Supporters of the scholarships include the GFG Foundation, Jim and Jan Darroch, Rosemary McGinness, L&H Dental Care, Fleet Alliance Ltd, Retronix Ltd, UTeach Recruitment Ltd, City Charitable Trust, ACT Construction (UK) Ltd, and Strathclyde’s Alumni Fund.
Since Eilidh died her family and friends have also been raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity.
So far they have raised over £ 133,000 and are continuing to organise various fundraising events.
To make a donation to Eilidh’s Beatson fund go to www.beatsontributefund.org and search for ‘Eilidh’s Fund’. closure of Poundstretcher.
An Iceland spokesman said: “The new store in Wishaw is one of our larger stores under The Food Warehouse fascia.
Iceland also quashed rumours that they would close the store in Wishaw Main Street despite being only a few miles away from its larger store in the retail park outlet.
The spokesman added: “The Food Warehouse format makes it very different from our traditional Iceland stores, and we haveno plans to close the existing Iceland store in Wishaw as a result of the new store opening.”
Sisters Eilidh (left) and Kerry were very close
Proud Eilidh graduated in pharmacy