Heart shop reopens as clearance outlet

Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Darryn Causby cuts the ribbon to officially re-open the British Heart Foundation shop in Market Street watched by  volunteers, staff and management. Included from left are, Sarah-Louise Dunn, volunteer, Gwen Robinson, assistant manager, Chrissi Ferris, shop manager, Jackie Rooney, volunteer, Maureen McElhatton, area manager, Louise Ball, regional manager and Diane Bailie, volunteer. INPT43-201.
Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Darryn Causby cuts the ribbon to officially re-open the British Heart Foundation shop in Market Street watched by volunteers, staff and management. Included from left are, Sarah-Louise Dunn, volunteer, Gwen Robinson, assistant manager, Chrissi Ferris, shop manager, Jackie Rooney, volunteer, Maureen McElhatton, area manager, Louise Ball, regional manager and Diane Bailie, volunteer. INPT43-201.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Shop in Portadown has reopened as a sale clearance shop, with all items prices at £1, £2 or £3.

The shop is the first of its kind for BHF NI where it is hoped it will make more money for life-saving heart research, while offering goods to customers at lower prices.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby officially opened the shop, which had been closed for a period of refurbishment.

He said, “Money raised by the shop will help fund research which could create a better future for many - from babies born with heart defects to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.

“Cardiovascular disease causes a quarter of all deaths in Northern Ireland, that’s an average of 10 people each day and I welcome the role the people of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon will have in supporting the BHF shop and helping reduce this stark figure.

“I wish the new store every success and encourage the local community to visit the shop and play a part in raising funds for life saving research.”

On average 428 people in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area die each year from cardiovascular disease and 226 from coronary heart disease, which is Northern Ireland’s single biggest killer.

Each year, BHF shops raise more than £30 million to help the charity’s pioneering research to fight heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

The charity’s retail area manager Maureen McElhatton said, “It is fantastic to be opening our first ever clearance shop in Northern Ireland here in Portadown. The people of Portadown have always been incredibly supportive of our store and I hope they continue to support us by shopping in our new sale shop.

“We’re committed to raising as much money as possible for our vital research into heart disease, so the new clearance shop provides a perfect solution for when we’re not able to sell an item in our standard shops.”

The charity is the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK. It helps scientists to undertake research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatments.