A scientist at the forefront of Scotland’s fight against cancer has opened a new Motherwell charity shop dedicated to saving lives.
Dr David Vincent, whose mum has successfully fought breast cancer, was VIP at the official opening ceremony of the new Cancer Research UK shop at 75 Brandon Parade South.
He shared the task of cutting the ribbon with Julie Nelson, who will manage the new bargain store which sells discounted stock. All profits will go to Cancer Research UK’s work.
Dr Vincent, who works at Cancer Research UK’s Beatson Institute in Glasgow, had just arrived in Scotland from Lyon in France in 2012 when his mum, Monique, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It meant a tough first few months as he started a new job carrying out research in to bowel cancer- the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer.
He said:“Mum went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy but responded well to treatment.
“Now she gets a check up every six months but is well. She’s proud I’m helping in the fight against cancer.
“It’s a privilege to be asked to open this new shop which will help save lives and be a great addition to Motherwell.”
Shop manager Julie added: “Cancer touches so many families and I’m proud to be doing my bit to help beat cancer sooner.
“My uncle, Felix Mulholland who for a long time was chairman of Motherwell Community Forum, passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.
“He was a wonderful man who cared so much about Motherwell.
“I hope my work for Cancer Research UK can help contribute towards sparing another family going through a loss like this.
“ All the team are so excited about the new shop and we’d welcome with open arms any members of the community who could spare a few hours and come join us as volunteers in the shop.”