Phe-gnome-nal response to appeal

A Stonehaven social enterprise company has had a phe-gnome-enal response to its appeal to the public to cast their vote for a name for a cheery chap with a white beard who has taken up residence in its shop window.

Gift Corner on Evan Street received the nameless gnome from staff at the Asda store in Portlethen.

Since he appeared in the window earlier this month, dozens of people have been visiting Gift Corner every day to vote for their favourite name for the gnome, who has a bright red hat, blue tunic and black boots.

Gift Corner is run by leading social care charity Cornerstone and Aberdeenshire Council. It currently has a staff of four and provides employment and training opportunities for more than 20 people with learning disabilities. The staff have come up with a shortlist of names for the public to choose from.

Suzanne Smith, shop supervisor at Gift Corner, said: “We have been amazed by the fantastic response to our appeal and have seen a big rise in footfall at Gift Corner, so this little gnome is clearly something of a talking point!

“We are offering a 10% discount to everyone who votes before the closing date of April 6, either in person at Evan Street or via Cornerstone’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The votes will be counted that night and we will announce his name in the window on Monday, April 8.

“We’d like to thank everyone at Asda at Portlethen for bringing a smile to everyone’s faces.”

Gift Corner stocks a range of gift items as well as goods produced at Woodview Embroidery and Print Services, another of Cornerstone’s social enterprises.

Woodview is based in a workshop in Stonehaven and can embroider and print a wide range of logos and designs for work wear, sports clubs and schools, as well as printing corporate and personalised gifts such as mugs, mouse mats and phone covers as either corporate or personalised gifts.

All the profits are reinvested into charitable activities and employment opportunities.

Gift Corner is open from 10am to 4pm.