SPAR raises money for Hospice

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The SPAR in Stonehaven has raised funds for a hospice which provided care for a Stonehaven teenager and her family.

Nicole Matthew, who passed away in February this year, suffered from the rare genetic condition Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a progressive neurological disorder that affects only 3 in a million children worldwide.

Whilst dealing with her illness, Nicole along with her twin sister Natalie and mum Julie spent time in respite at Rachel House Hospice in Kinross.

The hospice offers a place where families can relax, recharge their batteries and have fun with their children.

Expert care is on hand to help them make the most of each day and live life to the full.

Nicole’s mum, Julie is a former employee of SPAR in Stonehaven. Manager of the SPAR, Dianne Finnie, through Julie’s experience saw the attention, love and support provide by the staff at Rachel House.

She said it is overwhelming and that the hospice brings such comfort and support to families with sick children.

Dianne decided to raise money for the Hospice, which is part of the charity CHAS, Dianne sold raffle tickets for a table for a Mother’s Day meal and sold them to customers in the shop.

Locals rallied around the cause and raised £485 for the hospice.

Julie said she is pleased by the SPAR’s fundraising efforts and that it means a lot to her and her family.

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