Rothesay resident Margaret Girvan has announced her retirement from volunteering with children’s charity Action Medical Research after more than 30 years.
As Chair of the Rothesay Committee for Action, Margaret has run the charity’s only permanent charity shop and has helped raise over £113,000 in the last ten years alone.
A retired Staff Nurse at the Victoria Hospital, with 43 years of service, Margaret always recognised the vital need for medical research to help sick babies and children and has been dedicated in her support of the charity.
Her mother became involved with the charity back in 1979. At first helping with window displays and working Saturday afternoons in the shop, originally on Castle Street in Rothesay, Margaret took over from her late mother to run the Rothesay Committee and shop around 1985.
The Action Medical Research shop has been trading for 33 years and has provided a great service to the people on the island by providing quality second hand goods at very low prices. Sadly, in addition to Margaret’s retirement, the shop, now on Argyle Street, may be set to close.
Cecilia Cooper, Community Fundraising Manager in Scotland, said: “Margaret has been such an amazing volunteer who is passionate about Action Medical Research and the work the charity does. We are so grateful to Margaret and to all our volunteers who lend a hand and give their time - just giving a few hours can make a difference to changing and saving children’s lives.
“If there is anyone up for a challenge, driven and would like to take over the running of the shop then please do get in touch!”
Margaret, said: “Volunteering for Action has been a pleasure because I know that I am helping sick babies and children. It’s great to have been involved for over 30 years, picking up the baton from my late mother, and I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s with a heavy heart that I am now retiring and that this may also mean the shop will close.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all customers past and present.”
* To find out more about volunteering, and the opportunity to run the shop, please email Cecilia Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org