The Mayor of South Ribble cut the ribbon and enjoyed sampling a unique cake celebrating Hospice Care Week as St Catherine’s declared its newest charity shop officially open.
The hospice’s eighteenth shop officially opened on Station Road in Bamber Bridge on Wednesday. Members of the community were invited to enjoy bucks fizz, brews and baked treats – including a special celebration cake made by the patisserie chef of the charity’s onsite café, The Mill.
Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Mick Titherington, along with his wife and mayoress Carole, met with customers, staff and volunteers for the occasion.
He said: “I want to say how much I admire the staff and volunteers of St Catherine’s, as I know how much money and effort is needed to maintain the excellent care provided by the hospice. The shops play a very important role, so I hope that this new shop is a real success.”
Head of trading at the charity, Rachel Hewitt, added: “We opened the doors to our Bamber Bridge shop a few weeks ago and chose to mark the official opening during Hospice Care Week. The theme this year is ‘We Are Hospice Care’, and our shops are a brilliant example of how people show their support for St Catherine’s in a variety of ways, from volunteering and making donations, to visiting our stores and choosing to shop with us.
“We’re constantly delighted and grateful for the amazing support of our communities; our customers are just as much part of hospice care as our staff and volunteers are, and we simply couldn’t continue to offer the specialist palliative and end-of-life care of St Catherine’s without such incredible, ongoing support.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming more customers through the doors of our Bamber Bridge shop in the near future.”