A cancer patient with a big heart joined charity supporters to cut the ribbon and officially open a brand new Cancer Research UK shop in Inverurie on Thursday.
Anne MacLennan, who has breast cancer, was guest of honour at the official opening of the shop which saw bargain hunters throng through the doors as soon as it opened for business.
The new Burnside Court shop brings the total number of Cancer Research UK shops in Scotland to 83.
It sells good quality clothes, accessories and household goods, with profits going to Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.
Someone who knows what a vital part Cancer Research UK shops play in the fight against cancer is Anne who was diagnosed with breast cancer just four days before Christmas.
Anne, who lives in Aberdeen but is originally from Turriff and regularly visits relatives in Inverurie, visited her GP when she found a lump on her breast.
Her GP immediately made an urgent referral to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where cancer was diagnosed. Anne is currently in the process of receiving chemotherapy.
Anne, who has been married to Gregor for 14 years and has a 21-year-old step son Ryan, said that the support of her friends, family and colleagues has been invaluable.
She added: “Their help, support, kind words and good humour has been fantastic and has really been helping me to get through this.
“It is such an honour to have been asked to cut the ribbon here in Inverurie.
“I know the community here will do what they can to make the shop a success and support the work of Cancer Research UK.”
The shop has been designed to be inviting and exciting for shoppers.
There will be an inspiration panel where supporters can write their own stories or comments and new community boards will display cancer awareness leaflets, to give local people easy access to information on the signs and symptoms of the disease.