Manager opens shop in memory of mother

Banchory Cancer Research UK'Shop manager Yvonne Thomson pictured cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Banchory shop. ''Images by : Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES for Cancer Research UK
Banchory Cancer Research UK'Shop manager Yvonne Thomson pictured cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the Banchory shop. ''Images by : Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES for Cancer Research UK

A Banchory woman has launched a new Aberdeenshire charity shop in memory of her mum who died from cancer.

Yvonne Thomson, 47, who has been chosen as the manager for the new Cancer Research UK shop in Banchory High Street is proud to be on the frontline in the fight against cancer.

She was heartbroken after her mum Jean Thomson died from ovarian cancer in 2007. But losing her made Yvonne even more determined to work tirelessly to give other families more tomorrows.

Yvonne said: “I miss Mum every day. Even now something will happen and I’ll think,’ I must call Mum to let her know.’ It hurts that she’s no longer here.

“Mum was a determined person who refused to ever let anything hold her back. I miss her sense of humour and I miss her company. Cancer touches so many families.

“I hope Mum would be proud of me now and proud of my determination to do everything I can do to help beat cancer sooner.”

Yvonne teamed up with Cancer Research UK nurse Alison Harrow to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony of the charity shop at 64 High Street, Banchory, on Monday January 19.

The new store which boasts a fresh, funky look with white floors and brightly coloured lampshades has an upmarket, contemporary feel and aims to sell high quality items with all profits going to the charity’s work to help beat cancer sooner.

The shop also has an inspiration board where supporters can write their own story of how they or a loved one have come through cancer.

Information detailing the charity’s life saving research is also dotted through the clothing rails as part of Cancer Research UK’s mission to inspire, engage and inform shoppers.

Cancer Research UK nurse Alison Harrow is based at the Dundee Cancer Centre, home to groundbreaking cancer research, with a focus on bowel, breast and skin cancers. Cancer Research UK spends nearly £4 million each year in the city on our life saving work, and a total of £34 million a year in Scotland.

Dr Harrow said: “It’s an honour to be asked to open this lovely new shop and to support a charity which is so close to my heart.

“Shops like this provide vital funds for Cancer Research UK and help to fund groundbreaking work in to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This research has helped save millions of lives.”

Donations of unwanted Christmas presents including good quality clothes, shoes and bags are being taken by the store. Each bag of donated clothes is potentially worth up to £25 to Cancer Research UK-even more if supporters sign up for Gift Aid.

Volunteers are also being sought to help and work at the shop. Flexible hours are available and anyone interested is invited to call in to the shop to find out more.