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Adopt A Child charity based in Culloden opens doors at its only mainland UK shop

By Louise Glen

Maureen Quinn (right) cuts the ribbon on the new charity shop, with Culloden manager Evie Henry on hand to help.
Maureen Quinn (right) cuts the ribbon on the new charity shop, with Culloden manager Evie Henry on hand to help.

The official opening of a charity shop in Culloden has taken place with a special guest from Ireland cutting the ribbon.

The Adopt A Child charity shop, based in Culloden, will help to support children in some of the poorest nations in the world. It is the only branch of the charity shop on the UK mainland.

Adopt a Child's mission is to "change the world, one child at a time" by making sure those who are most in need get the support required to help them get the best start in life.

The Culloden charity shop was opened by Maureen Quinn.

Mrs Quinn is the original manageress of the charity's only other charity shop, in Markethill, Northern Ireland.

It is the first permanent home for the charity shop after two-and-a-half years of hosting pop up shops in Culloden, firstly in the community room in the library, then a monthly outing at the Barn Church.

Charity organiser Janice Wilby, from Inverness, said it was a great privilege to be involved with the charity.

"Adopt a child supports more and more children every year," she said. "And we can see the incredible impact it is having on their lives. I have been involved since the 1990s and I have visited some of the projects and I have been overwhelmed by what we can do.

"All the projects are in remote mountainous areas and are similar in geography to what we have in this part of Scotland, although the weather is a bit different.

"Opening the charity shop here in Inverness is an important stage in our development."

Adopt a Child was set up in the 1980s by Mack and Peggy McKeown during the Guatemalan revolution. They began feeding children in 1983. As they asked others to help them by sponsoring children. In time this became the charity Adopt A Child.

Money raised through the shop supports children and vulnerable adults through projects in Guatemala and Albania.

New or nearly new items can be handed into the charity shop at the Culloden Centre, Unit 3 at Keppoch Road. The shop will be open Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm and on a Saturday between 10am and 1pm.

The shop does not accept electrical donations.

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