TOMORROW (Thursday), the Kilbryde Hospice Shop in East Kilbride Shopping Centre will be ‘hijacked’.
As part of their ‘Charity of the Year’ partnership, a team of Freescale Semiconductor employees will take over the running of the bustling Kilbryde Hospice main shop beside Thornton’s in the Plaza for one day only.
With a fresh set of eyes and using every trick in the book, can the Freescale Semiconductor employees beat the shop's normal daily takings?
Wendy Burns, customer supply chain manager and chair of the charity committee at Freescale Semiconductor, hopes so.
She told the News this week: “The Hospice Shop Hijack has certainly generated a great deal of interest in the Charity of the Year partnership with the Kilbryde Hospice. Staff members have outdone themselves with donations of clothes, shoes, bags, DVDs and household goods and we've been really pleased with the level of volunteer requests from staff members who want to take part in the hijack itself.
“Without giving too much away in advance, it is fair to say we'll be doing things a little bit differently on Thursday.
“Customers at the shop can look out for a very special raffle plus we will have a tombola in place with great prizes. We really hope the people of East Kilbride will support this hijack and visit the shop.”
The one-day takeover at the shop was the brainchild of Kilbryde Hospice fundraising manager Stuart Glen.
Stuart explained: “The idea behind the Hospice Shop Hijack is for corporate supporters to have a little bit of fun, whilst at the same time raising vital funds for Kilbryde Hospice.
“But there's a serious side to the event as well. Our shops could not exist without the help of local supporters and volunteers. Staff from Freescale Semiconductor will get to see the real workings of the Kilbryde Hospice Shop, from sorting donations to ironing stock before it is taken to the shop floor.
“They'll get to see first-hand how quickly goods come and go, and they'll hopefully appreciate the enormous effort of the Kilbryde Hospice Shop volunteers. We certainly do.”
Freescale Semiconductor are the first of several local corporate supporters of Kilbryde Hospice to sign up for the Hospice Shop Hijack. Look out for other participants over the coming months.
If your company would like to take part in hijack fundraiser, then please contact Stuart on 01698 717260 in the first instance.
The Freescale Semiconductor team have set themselves a fundraising target of £10,000 as part of the Charity of the Year partnership.
The Hospice Shop Hijack is just one of several events planned as part of the partnership.
These also include cake and candy events and a bag-packing day at a local supermarket.