At 10am on Monday, Edwin Matthews, Communications and PR Officer at Wigan & Leigh Hospice, joined Wigan Warriors star Liam Colbon in cutting the ribbon to declare the store’s new first floor officially open, before accepting a cheque from store manager Jason Lamb for £500. The store chose to make this donation in recognition of the care and support the Hospice provides to people in and around the Wigan borough.
It is 10 years since Wigan and Leigh Hospice moved to its purpose built accommodation in Hindley, an ideal location at the centre of the population the Hospice serves. The Hospice itself provides a relaxing light and airy environment inside along with the tranquillity of its beautiful gardens outside, for all its patients and their families.
All the services provided by the Hospice are given totally free to the patients and their families. These include a team of Specialist Home Care Nurses, a Day Care Centre, an In-patient Unit, complementary therapies plus support for the families and carers.
The Hospice is partly funded by NHS monies on a contractual basis. However, the majority of its income accrues from voluntary donations, legacies, the income from the Hospice's charity shops and the Hospice Lottery.
Mr Matthews from Wigan and Leigh Hospice said; “The majority of the cost involved in providing the free specialist care at the Hospice and through our network of community nurses is met by donations such as this one from Tesco. We are delighted to have been chosen to receive the donation from the store and would like to thank Jason and the staff for their support.”
Mr Matthews added; “We are very lucky to be situated in such a giving community and would like to thank everyone who has, and continues to, support us in any way. It is thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and generosity of thousands of people every year that the Hospice can continue to provide care, support, friendship and understanding to patients and their families.”
Store manager Jason Lamb said, “We are delighted to be able to offer our support to the Hospice and I would like to thank everyone for coming along on Monday and officially re-launching our store.”
The new first floor is home to a large family clothing department featuring Tesco exclusive designers Cherokee and Florence & Fred, as well as extended electrical and entertainment departments.
A lift and a travelator similar to those found in airports has been installed on which customers can be effortlessly transported to the new first floor.
The extension has also created more space downstairs, which has allowed for the addition of a meat counter and an increase in product ranges throughout the food departments. The photo-processing desk has also been upgraded to include a digital lab.
The store now boasts the added convenience of a Tesco Direct Desk, which enables customers to order from a range of over 8,000 non-grocery products from the entire Tesco range straight to their door.
A number of exciting events will be taking place at the store over the coming weeks including some Halloween fun for local children! On Saturday 27th October between 11am and 4pm children will be able to take part in a First Floor Treasure Hunt, with the chance to win some great prizes – and Wednesday 31st October children are invited to attend a spooky Halloween Party in the customer café in Tesco Extra Hindley from 5pm to 7pm.
All customers will be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes when Del Boy Look-a-Like Steve Rooney comes down to the store on Saturday 3rd November to play Clubcard Bingo from 10am to 2pm.
On Saturday 17th November between 12pm and 4pm Tesco Extra Hindley will be holding a top makeover event to get customers in the mood for the festive party season ahead. Top UK stylist Jill Pollitt will be in store offering free beauty and fashion advice to shoppers in the store’s new first floor clothing department.
Tesco Extra Hindley is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm and then 10am to 4pm on Sundays.