CHAS gift shop shuts its doors after 18 years

The CHAS gift shop in Kinross
The CHAS gift shop in Kinross

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has announced it is to close its gift shop in Kinross after 18 years of trading.

The children’s charity is to close the shop, situated next to Rachel House hospice, on January 24.

It will trade as normal until Christmas and hold a closing down sale from January 5.

The gift shop is one of three CHAS retail outlets in Kinross and the charity says its closure will allow it to focus on improving and upgrading the remaining two stores in the town.

In addition, CHAS has retail stores in Dunfermline, Glasgow and Stirling and hopes the move will make it possible to consider expanding into another town or city in Scotland.

Retail manager Pauline Tanbini said: “We’ve been looking closely at the CHAS retail presence in Kinross over the past few months. After careful consideration, we’ve made the decision to close the gift shop.

“We’ll be sad to close after 18 years of trading but feel this is a positive move and in the best interests of the charity.

“It’s an exciting time and we’re already looking into upgrading the two remaining stores in Kinross and the possibility of expanding into other areas.”

Plans are already in place to upgrade the shop fronts of the two other outlets, known as Bazaar One and Two.

Meanwhile, thousands of scarves collected in aid of CHAS have gone on sale to raise funds. They were donated by knitters all over the world as part of an ambitious project spearheaded by retired teacher Sandra Farrer to create a scarf that stretched from Gateside to Rachel House.

Although Sandra didn’t reach her target of 7511 scarves, she did receive more than 4500 and has raised more than £2000 for CHAS.

Last month, she was invited to take some of the scarves along to the Christmas lights switch-on event at Loch Lomond Shores, performed by children from Robin House, the CHAS hospice in Balloch.

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