LEIXLIP Town Council chairman, Cllr. Colm Purcell, last week officially opened a new charity shop in Leixlip which will raised funds for St. Brigid’s Hospice.
The shop, being managed by Della Griffin, one of 12 volunteers, is located near Bewley’s House on the Dublin end of the town.
It opened its doors on 13 February but on Friday, 1 March, the balloons went up – and burst – for the official opening.
The Friends of St. Brigid’s run another shop in Kilcock.
Cllr. Purcell said he had no doubt the shop would be a big success, on account of the volunteers who had agreed to help out. “We have the crop of Leixlip here. This will be the best charity shop in Leixlip. This is going to be a real charity shop dedicated to St. Brigid’s Hospice,” he said.
Well-known Leixlip St. Brigid’s hospice campaigner, Dr. Ena Hanlon, thanked everyone for their support.
“Della rang me in mid January with a view to setting up a shop for the hospice. It was the fastest business start I’ve seen. We really appreciate all the efforts,” she said.
Dr. Hanlon said the the Hospice had built up a €2m fund for developments but it needed €200,000 each year for the next five years to the extra beds and services going.
The service provided by the Hospice included bereavement counselling, headed up by an experienced counsellor from Celbridge, Nuala Harmey.
Della Griffin said of the volunteers. “They are all fantastic, hardworking and we have a great craic.”
Anybody with any questions can contact the shop on 089-4035802.