Charity shop for hospital

Holly Cregan and children Nathan and Robyn in their charity shop at Mid Way Autopoint. INLM51-104gc
Holly Cregan and children Nathan and Robyn in their charity shop at Mid Way Autopoint. INLM51-104gc
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An enterprising family from Donaghcloney have set up a special charity shop to raise funds for a children’s ward at Craigavon Hospital.

Holly and Paul Cregan, who run the Mid Way Auto Point on the Tullyrain Road in the village, decided to try and raise funds for the hospital after their baby son’s excellent care at Craigavon.

When baby Nathan was six weeks old he suffered a serious bout of swine flu and was cared for in the children’s ward at Craigavon.

Mum Holly said: “He was very bad.

“He was in an incubator for six weeks.

“They looked after him really well. They kept him alive.”

She told the Lurgan Mail that Nathan, who is now three years old, is fully recovered but she never forgot the hard work and kindness of the nurses and doctors inthe children’s ward.

The couple, who have another son Niall, aged nine, decided to transform part of their garage into a charity shop to help raise funds for the hospital.

And it is massive.

They have turned 2,000 square feet of shop space into the charity store and it has an abundance of goods which have been kindly donated.

Everything from children’s toys and games, to clothes and and household goods, are on display.

The family are selling everything from riding hats to records as well as iPad covers and high chairs for toddlers.

Holly said she can’t believe the generosity of the public who have been coming from all over the area and beyond to bring her goods to sell.

She said she had hoped to raise £1,000 in the first month but already, after just opening just two weeks ago, the couple are close to that target.

“All the money raised is going to Three North,” said Holly.

“Not a bean is going out of Northern Ireland.”