Fundraising shop is officially opened

Pictured is Dr Martin with the volunteers from the shop
Pictured is Dr Martin with the volunteers from the shop

The new Dalhousie Centre Shop was officially opened by Dr Robert Martin on Friday, June 5, following its


During his opening remarks, Dr Martin, the chair of the Brechin Day Care Ltd board, said: “This has been a significant investment from the board to modernise the shop and launch it with its new name in keeping with the new corporate colours for the Dalhousie Centre.”

He also paid tribute to those who made the project possible: “This project has been expertly managed by board secretary Janet Penman who has worked ceaselessly now for over a month researching materials, coercing and persuading suppliers, tradesmen, businesses and, most importantly, the team of shop volunteers under the leadership of Betty Hendry to ensure we could open today.

“I wish to offer heartfelt thanks to the following who have supported this project that has a valuable place in the local community: at the top of the list are Jim Watson, for building services, and Ron McFarlane, volunteer builder and handyman. Signage was purchased through Paula Elvin of Astute, Forfar.

“Tony Harvey and Jack Milne of Ness Electrical donated all electrical supplies and labour. Yess Electrical of Dundee provided electrical equipment, a water heater and a ceramic over door heater at cost. Our painters Andy Black, Billy Park and Graeme Campbell.

“Scott Craig fitted our carpet and donated the window carpet. The interior hands-on design and implementation team, all of whom were volunteers comprised Linda Hoskin, Christine Stewart, Natalie Difolco and Norma Mitchell. Joy Mowatt who produced the interior signage.

“The Dalhousie Centre staff, Jo Grieve for computer and admin support, Acting Manager Gail Swankie for inventory storage and Margaret Findlater for window covering.

“I also wish to thank everyone who donated goods for sale in the shop and the board of directors for their support and foresight for the future.

“Special thanks go to Betty Hendry, shop manager and all the shop volunteers. And, the biggest thank you of all must go to Janet Penman for her willingness to take on this project and bring it to its successful completion.”