Hospice unveils new Ballyclare store

Broadcaster Claire McCollum officially opened the new Ballyclare Hospice Shop on Wednesday, June 5. She's pictured with Hospice Retail Manager, Neil Fowler (left), Hospice Chief Executive, Professor Dame Judith Hill and Hospice Chairman, Cllr Billy Webb. INNT 24-510CON
Broadcaster Claire McCollum officially opened the new Ballyclare Hospice Shop on Wednesday, June 5. She's pictured with Hospice Retail Manager, Neil Fowler (left), Hospice Chief Executive, Professor Dame Judith Hill and Hospice Chairman, Cllr Billy Webb. INNT 24-510CON
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Shoppers in Ballyclare were bagging bargains following the opening of the new Northern Ireland Hospice shop in the town last week.

Broadcaster Claire McCollum was joined at the Doagh Road outlet on June 5 by Hospice officials and local shop volunteers as she cut the ribbon to mark the official opening.

The new shop sells a wide variety of quality donated items including shoes, accessories and clothing.

Hospice Shop Manager, Siobhan Rocks was delighted with the opening and the support from the local community.

“Staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to prepare the shop for opening. We are already overwhelmed with the support from the whole community, from those who have volunteered to help in the shop, well-wishers and the large numbers of people who have generously donated bags of goods. The Ballyclare shop is a symbol of the difference a donation and purchase can make towards raising vital funds to help care for local children, young people and adults with life-limiting illnesses,” she commented.

Speaking at the launch, Hospice Chief Executive, Professor Dame Judith Hill said: “It’s fantastic to have our shop in an area where the community really supports their local traders and I’m confident that shoppers will enjoy a great experience in our Hospice Shop.”

Hospice shops are located across Northern Ireland and play a vital role in helping the charity meet its annual £7million fundraising target.

For information about volunteer opportunities telephone Siobhan on 9332 3293.