Jobs boost as store opens

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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.beat­son­tribute­ 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

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