St. Vincent’s Hospice have been forced to temporarily close their two charity shops in Johnstone Town Centre as a result of significant flood damage from the property above.

This has resulted not only in the loss of several valuable items of stock, but vital income for the local Hospice due to closure.

Director of Income Generation for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Jackie Young, said: “Unfortunately, both our home and fashion shops on Johnstone High Street have been closed this week as we attempt to deal with the effects of flooding from the property above our stores.

“This has caused considerable damage to both shops, with vital repair or replacement works now required on flooring and electrical wiring, along with the loss of several valuable items of stock.

“We are working extremely hard with contractors to try get things back to normal very soon. In the meantime, we would be delighted to receive any donations you would like to make during this temporary closure.

“Our shops throughout Renfrewshire make up a huge part of the funds needed to provide the care we offer to people and families who need specialist care in your local area. The closure of the shops, even for a short time, and damage to stock has a major impact on our Hospice, so if you are able, please give generously.

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of care for patients and families living in Renfrewshire with progressive conditions including cancer, Motor Neuron Disease, heart failure and many more. They do this both in the Hospice itself, and all across the local community, supporting people when they need it most.

Jackie added: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and promise we will get the shops back up and running for you all as soon as possible. If you have items of clothing you were planning to drop into us, please donate these to our shops in Paisley, Bridge or Weir or the Barn Tearoom. For more information, please visit”

Photo: The Johnstone shops have had to be temporarily closed due to major flood damage to both stock and premises