Celebrations for Red Cross store

STAFF at the Stonehaven Red Cross Shop in Stonehaven celebrated 21 years in of success last week.

STAFF at the Stonehaven Red Cross Shop in Stonehaven celebrated 21 years in of success last week.

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STONEHAVEN’S Red Cross Shop celebrated the 21st anniversary of its opening last Thursday with a presentation to its dedicated team of volunteers.

The shop opened on November 10 1990 and the seven original volunteers, Alice MacGregor, Margaret Edmond, Margaret Patterson, Mary McLean, Margaret McPherson, Jenny Murray and Margaret Brownhill were presented last week with bouquets of flowers, service award badges and a personal letter of thanks from senior management to mark the Barclay Street store’s 21 years of trading.

Run entirely by a team of volunteers from its opening until 2005 when a full-time shop manager was appointed, the team has grown and now over 40 volunteers help out at the busy shop.

One long-term volunteer, Alice MacGregor, has worked with the Red Cross in different areas since the age of 14. Shop manager Kat Davies, who has worked at the store for the past two years, said: “The shop has gone from strength to strength over the years and this is due mainly to the fact that so many local people give up their free time to volunteer with us.

“They all work very hard to provide a valuable service to the local community selling value for money items in order to raise funds for the British Red Cross to use to help those most in need both locally, nationally and internationally.

“We are very proud to have been a part of Stonehaven’s community for the last 21 years and look forward to continuing for many more. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal volunteers for their hard work and thank all our customers for their continued support. The shop is keen to share the celebrations with locals, so special promotions will be the norm between now and Christmas.”