There was an especially young guest of honour at the opening of the new St Joseph's Hospice shop in Maghull – eight-year-old Lia Rawling from Southport.
The pupil from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School cut the ribbon at the opening of the new store on 3 November on behalf of her mother Corrina Winning, who is a patient at the Thornton-based hospice.
"It's nice that we can do something for the hospice as they have done so much for my mum and our family over the years," said Lia, whose mother has received specialist nursing care for brain damage for over six years. Lia's aunt and guardian, Michelle Rawling, added: "Lia really has grown up with the hospice and the nurses and staff are part of our extended family, so it's a real honour for Lia to be invited to open the new shop and we are all immensely proud of her."
The Maghull shop has relocated from its previous home on Central Square to a more prominent site on Westway in the centre of town. It is the first to display the new St Joseph's Hospice branding, unveiled earlier this year.
Jo Rigby-Clare, the retail manager for St Joseph's Hospice, formerly Jospice, said: "Patients like Corrina and their families are why our shops are here." Together, its network of nine shops across Merseyside raise over £100,000 annually, which is a vital source of revenue for St Joseph's Hospice, which needs £6,500 every day to keep its services running.