Kelso charity aid for Margaret Kerr Unit

New charity shop in Kelso 'Charity For Care' which sees all the proceeds from the shop going to The Margaret Kerr Unit in the Borders. L-r, Betty Black, Madge Hughes, Eilean Hogarth and Greta Hall outside the shop in Bridge Street.

New charity shop in Kelso 'Charity For Care' which sees all the proceeds from the shop going to The Margaret Kerr Unit in the Borders. L-r, Betty Black, Madge Hughes, Eilean Hogarth and Greta Hall outside the shop in Bridge Street.

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The Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital is set to benefit from a dedicated charity shop which opened its doors to the public this week.

The new shop started trading on Monday, with all profits going to support the unit and palliative care in the wider Borders.

The shop is the brainchild of Eilean Hogarth, who has been a charity shop volunteer for over 13 years and in that time has seen the benefits the money raised has brought to many local causes.

This inspired her decision to open her own shop and with the help of her small committee and some expert advice, Eilean has established a new charity called Charity for Care, and secured retail premises in Kelso’s Bridge Street.

Eilean and her team have worked hard to get the shop ready and, despite being a new venture, the shop is already attracting a lot of support with offers of retail fixtures, stock, free window cleaning and even cash donations to help get it started.

Eilean said she had been overwhelmed by all the support, telling The Southern: “As soon as people hear what I am doing they want to help. If people are as supportive once the shop opens, then I am confident that we can raise lots of money for palliative care and the Margaret Kerr Unit.”

There are already more than 20 volunteers enlisted to work in the shop, some of whom have had loved ones cared for in the Margaret Kerr Unit.

Fundraising manager for The Difference (the public face of the charitable activities of the Borders Health Board Endowment Funds), Karen Nairn, commented: “We are truly grateful to Eilean and her team for all their hard work.”