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Local Hospice Provides a Helping Hand at New Fort Kinnaird B&M Home Store

26 August 2015

B&M has cut the ribbon on yet another new Scottish store today, this time in Edinburgh.

A total of 50 jobs have been created after the opening of the Home Store, based at the former Tesco Homeplus on Newcraighall Road in Fort Kinnaird.

Following a long list of recent Scottish store openings, the new B&M Home Store was opened with help from a hospice who treat patients in the Edinburgh region.

B&M invited along representatives from St Columba’s Hospice, who helped to make the day special by cutting the ribbon.

St Columba’s is a local hospice which has been caring for patients with life limiting diseases in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s since 1977.

It aims to help people live as actively as possible, from diagnosis, right up to the end of their lives.

As B&M’s Local Hero for the day, the Hospice also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers which will be used to provide goody bags for children taking part in The Nudge 2015.

A fun 5 mile walk for families and children in the Pentland Hills next month, The Nudge 2015 is part of a larger event called The Push; designed to raise further funds for the Hospice.

All its services are provided completely free of charge, however it costs more than £8m per annum to keep the hospice running; meaning they are dependent on donations to find a large percentage of that money.

In order to help with funding this deficit, the Hospice’s representatives will be bag packing across the opening weekend, in an effort to raise much needed funds.

Also present at the opening ceremony was Bailie Elaine Aitken, who helped with the ribbon cutting as well as ensuring the store opening was a memorable one for all involved.

Shoppers at the new Home Store can expect a wide variety of branded and own label products including groceries as well as an extensive non-food section including toys, home and electrical ranges.

Mike Chisholm, store manager at B&M Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird, said: “B&M is committed to recruiting from the local area and I am delighted we’ve found a great team from in and around Edinburgh.

“We’re really proud to have created 50 jobs this year and to keep playing our part in the local community.

“We are excited to have finally got the doors open and honoured to have representatives from St Columba’s Hospice cutting the ribbon to officially mark the opening of our new store.”