Past Pipers are a newsworthy charity appeal

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Rather than fashion making the news, the news made fashion this week as part of a charity appeal for local volunteers.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s boutique shop at Bridge Street, Banchory, has crafted a dress from old copies of the Deeside Piper in a bid to draw attention to the shop’s urgent need for volunteers.

Shop manager Deridre Smart explained: “Everybody has a talent to share, and one of our longest serving volunteers, Maggie Morrison, has kindly used her talents to design the newsworthy dress!

“This is a great example of how volunteers can make a difference and help us raise funds to provide stroke services locally, as there are over 4500 people in the area living with chest, heart or stroke illness.”

Maggie, who has been a volunteer with the shop since it opened, would encourage people to volunteer for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS): “I joined the Banchory team as a volunteer nearly four years ago as I wanted to meet new people and gain new skills, and in that time I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

“We are all very proud of our lovely boutique and I really enjoy keeping on trend with the wonderful fashion items that are donated. My favourite job is merchandising.

“I love to do the window displays and enjoy keeping the shop tidy and dealing with the public.

‘‘There is always something to do whether it’s on the shop floor or helping int he stockroom preparing items for display.

“I would recommend volunteering to everyone as the CHSS team at Banchory are so friendly and welcoming and make you feel you are making a real difference to such a worthwhile cause, while gaining so many new skills and having fun at the same time.”

CHSS aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice, support and information.

Whether you’re a follower of fashion, would like to deal with customers at the till, or keep busy in the stockroom, there are a number of roles available in store.

Deirdre said: “I would like to thank everyone in Banchory for their loyalty over the last four years and we would be delighted to welcome new volunteers.”

For more information call 01330 823213.