Strathcarron Hospice opened the doors to its newest local charity store in Stenhousemuir on 1 July 2023. This new ‘flagship’ Strathcarron store is the Hospice’s largest, with 12 premises across the Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.
At nearly double the size of the current Stenhousemuir store, this is a relocation to the former B&M (next to ASDA) on Hallam Road, providing a huge opportunity to take more of the wonderful items the local community generously donates.
A new and inclusive ‘one stop shop’ experience, the new store will include clothes, books, children’s toys and more, including larger items for example, furniture and beds.
The introduction of a new ‘Public Living Room’, funded by the Falkirk Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, is also an opportunity to sit and relax and have a (free) coffee and a blether.
The introduction of this new space in Strathcarron’s Stenhousemuir store is to facilitate community connections.
A warm and welcoming area, it will be open to the public during the opening hours of the shop. With comfy chairs, a hot drink machine, books, toys, games and a library of resources; it will be for anyone in need of a warm place to sit alongside other people.
Irene McKie, CEO, Strathcarron Hospice, “The the local community have been active in supporting us to deliver the new store, on time and on budget. I have been impressed by the level of commitment, hard work and dedication so many of our own staff, volunteers, as well as individuals, organisations and students, particularly from Larbert High School have shown.
We’ve had donations of time, goods and services and as always, we are truly overwhelmed at the endless hard work and dedication that we have received on this exciting journey!
We see and hear of such beautiful acts of kindness from local people who regularly visit, shop and donate to our charity shops. We are so inspired by how connected and proactive our community is”.
The Hospice charity and Retail team (David Rennie and Fiona Hannah) would like to give special thanks to each member of the talented team at Larbert High School. These members include: John Reid (Head teacher), Mhairi McAinch, Ruth Hamilton, Molly Buchanan, Karen Cullen, Steven Stafford, Georgina Farrel and Gary Balfour. The support, creativity and energy the staff and students of have given, has been crucial to the success of this store opening.
We would also like to thank Camelon Carriers and Asda Stenhousemuir who went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and supported throughout this whole venture.
Finally, the Hospice extends their thanks to The Wee Gallery, Pure Gym and H&B Projects for their generous donations of display equipment that have enhanced the characteristics of the shop.
By choosing to purchase preloved clothes, furniture and other items from one of our charity shops, you’re not only being more sustainable, you’re supporting your local Hospice, helping people with life limiting conditions to live their lives.
The Hospice is also recruiting both volunteers and retail staff. More info can be found on our Volunteer and Jobs pages on the Strathcarron Hospice website: https://buff.ly/