Jo: WRVS shop must not close

Jo is supporting the campaign to save the WRVS shop at Stobhill Hospital.

The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service coffee shop, which serves patients, visitors and staff at the hospital, is run by volunteers and all the money it raises goes back into funding healthcare. Plans to close the shop, leaving only the profit-making Café Aroma, have outraged volunteers and customers. Many feel that not only will the NHS lose out on the funds raised by the WRVS, but customers fear the warmth and dedication shown by the volunteers at WRVS cannot be replicated by a commercial coffee shop.

Jo wrote to Robert Calderwood, the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde back in September to express her concern over the move, but has yet to receive a response.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Many people in East Dunbartonshire have been patients or visitors to Stobhill, and they have enjoyed the friendly service they received at the WRVS coffee shop and the compassion shown by the volunteers. It will be a huge loss to Stobhill if the shop is closed.

“I wrote to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 17th September to raise my concerns about this, and yet I have still not received a response from the Chief Executive two and a half months later. I sincerely hope this does not mean that he is not taking this matter seriously.”

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