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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION: United help to open new shop in town

Jack Egan and Mike Jones meet local volunteers

8 August 2018

United midfielders Jack Egan and Mike Jones were guests of honour at Tuesday morning's grand opening of the new British Heart Foundation charity shop on the Viaduct in Carlisle, and they were certainly put through their paces as they helped some of the staff and volunteers to set up the tills ready for action.

Queues were already forming outside the new shop - four floors packed with just about everything you could need, from beds and sofas to clothes and toys - when the lads arrived and they were met by smiling staff who were poised to open the doors for the first time.

Shop manager Carl said: "We'd like to thank the players for coming along to our grand opening today.

"This is a fantastic charity and it's brilliant that they've helped us to spread the word that we're here and open for business."

"We had a walk round the store and it's amazing to see what they have here," Mike Jones said. "The staff are massively enthusiastic about what they're doing and, when you hear the statistics about the number of people they help, and those who are still waiting to be helped, it takes your breath away. 

"Hats off to them because they're giving their time for a great cause."

"Appearances like this are really enjoyable because you get to meet people who do such good things," Jack Egan told us. "There are so many people who get helped by shops like this so it was good to be able to come along and say hello, and to see them open the store for the first time.

"Even better was that we got to meet Hearty, the official mascot."

Thanks to everyone at the city centre British Heart Foundation shop for inviting us along to their opening day event.

For more information on the new British Heart Foundation shop, click HERE.

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