Boxer champ Nathan Cleverly ‘thrilled’ to open Barry hospice shop
9:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
A BOXING champion helped boost a Barry charity shop’s takings when he officially opened their store.
World light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly gave customers a ringside view when he and Ty Hafan user Tyler Lane and his family declared the Sully-based family hospice charity’s latest store open.
The Holton Road shop is the 22nd Ty Hafan shop in South Wales and the second in Barry.
Tyler’s mum, Lisa, 30, said: “It feels lovely to be opening the shop. Tyler was really excited. He’s been up all night. Ty Hafan has helped us in every way.
“When he goes there, it gives us a break and he loves it.
“He always asks when he is going next.”
Tyler, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is registered blind, first visited the hospice in Sully in 2003 and Cleverly, a keen supporter of Ty Hafan, said he was honoured to be opening the shop.
He said: “Ty Hafan is an amazing charity which makes such a difference to so many people’s lives. I am thrilled to be helping out with the official opening.”
The shop is looking for donations of good-quality clothing, bric-a-brac, toys and DVDs to sell in the shop, as well as searching for volunteers to work there.
For details, visit www.tyhafan.org or call 029 2053 2199.
● RESIDENTS wishing to support cancer care can visit the new Marie Curie Cancer Care Shop due to open at 11am today, on Barry’s Holton Road.
Head of shops at Marie Curie Cancer Care Alec Barclay will cut the ribbon outside and welcome customers in to the store.
Staff and volunteers are appealing for unwanted clothing, books and bric-abrac.
The shop is open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering should call manager Dawn Parsons on 01446 730421.
For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk