Charity shop to close doors

1312052 SSHC cancer research 'Shirley Latto (shop manager, extreme right) with volunteer staff at the Cancer Research UK shop in Cupar which is closing its doors after 25 years - at Cancer Research UK, Crossgate, Cupar

1312052 SSHC cancer research 'Shirley Latto (shop manager, extreme right) with volunteer staff at the Cancer Research UK shop in Cupar which is closing its doors after 25 years - at Cancer Research UK, Crossgate, Cupar

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A Cupar charity shop which has been open for more than a quarter of a century is to close its doors.

Cancer Research UK will cease trading from its Crossgate store on Friday, April 27.

The current lease on the shop has expired and the charity has said that in the curent economic cliamte, it would be too costly to try to find new premises and set up a new shop.

Thanking the community and volunteers for the huge amount of support they’ve shown over the years, shop manager Shirley Latto said: “We are very sad to close the shop.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to my team of volunteers who have given up their time over the last 25 years and have done a fantastic job, and to the community for the fantastic support we’ve received.”

Loyal customers who still want to support Cancer Research UK after the Cupar shop closes are invited to visit the St Andrews store on South Street.

Area manager for Cancer Research UK, Gillian Leslie, said: “Cancer Research UK decided to close its Cupar shop when the shop’s lease expired and we were unable to renew it.

“We’re very grateful for the support of the volunteers and customers over the years and we hope they’ll continue to support our work.”

She added that the closure was not connected to increased competition in the town.

Despite the closure of the shop the local fundraising group is still active and anyone who would like to hand in donations can contact Sheena McLaren tel. 01334 654309 or 07742 708110, or email sheenamclaren@btinternet.com