A former Emmerdale actor took on a very important ‘role’ recently, when he was cast to cut the ribbon at a new charity shop.
John Middleton, who was best know for playing Ashley Thomas in Emmerdale, took time out from his stint in a Cambridge Arts Performance to open the newest Arthur Rank Hospice store.
The boutique, in Burleigh Street, Cambridge, will use income generated by donated goods, to help deliver a lifeline of care in the community.
The chariy provides care and support to individuals and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness or condition which may include dementia, as well as lung disease, multiple sclerosis, heart failure, certain forms of cancer, motor neurone disease and other conditions.
Thanks to both the skills of its staff and volunteers (many of whom are ‘Dementia Friends’ having received special training from Alzheimers Society) and its purpose-built facilities, Arthur Rank Hospice for adults is well equipped to care for those affected by dementia, whether secondary to their diagnosis or the primary cause.
The Charity needs to secure £7.45 million every year, to provide its services free of charge to patients and their loved ones: a challenge it is only capable of meeting thanks to the support and generosity of the local community.
Retail Manager, Eileen Hughes, said: “Whilst each of our shops has its own character – Burleigh Street for example will be featuring retro décor and a vintage clothing section as well as local artists like Naomi Davies greetings cards and Bex Burston’s glassware – we have found that the biggest draw for our customers is the way in which each store becomes part of that area’s community.
“They are vibrant and happy places thanks to our wonderful staff and local volunteers: when you walk in you get a sense of the warm welcome which comes from simply being part of the Arthur Rank Hospice family.“