Facelift lined up for £3 million charity shop

Cancer Research shop in Linlithgow.
Cancer Research shop in Linlithgow.

The Cancer Research UK shop in Linlithgow’s High Street is looking forward to a new-look refurbishment.

And staff revealed that the store, which opened 25 years ago, has raised an amazing £3.1 million in its lifetime.

It has a weekly throughput of hundreds of customers but is now showing signs of wear.

Unfortunately, it has been a victim of its own success which meant that trying to find a suitable time to close the doors for the refit wasn’t an easy task.

The dates have, however, now been set and the shop will close from Sunday, March 23, to Saturday, March 29.

It currently has 70 volunteers who, working a variety of shifts, help to ensure the store can open seven days a week.

Shop manager Wendy Shaw said: “We are exceptionally lucky here in Linlithgow to be favoured with so many people who are prepared to help out.

“That said, we are always looking for volunteers, so anyone who is retired or has a bit of spare time because the kids have gone to school, should get in touch with us.

“We have volunteers working with us aged from 17 to in their eighties – age is no barrier to volunteering.”