Kim Betts prepares to open the store with Wilkinson staff

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A former TV Gladiator has swapped her pugil stick for scissors to cut the ribbon on a Lichfield shop’s re-opening.
Kim Betts prepares to open the store with Wilkinson staff
The new-look Wilkinson store on Bore Street welcomed Kim Betts, aka Lightning, for the ceremony alongside the company’s head of retail Robin Lassiter and store manager Mark De Matteo. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mark presented Kim with a cheque donation of £500, to go towards Katharine House Hospice in Stafford, which provides care and support to people in the region with life-limiting conditions. A Victorian themed performer was also on hand to entertain customers with juggling tricks, stilt walking and cycling on his Penny Farthing, while staff members handed out free sweets and balloons to younger shoppers.   To raise money for Wilkinsons’ charity of the year, Age UK, staff members hosted a ‘tot up the shopping trolley’ game throughout the day. One lucky customer, who made the guess closest to the actual total of the goods in the shopping trolley, walked away with the contents, which included Christmas essentials, homewares and health & beauty products. Mark said: “Re-opening day has been a resounding success and I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved. The store looks better than ever and we have already received some fantastic compliments from our loyal customers, which makes all the hard work worthwhile.” Kim added: “I am extremely grateful for Wilkinsons’ generous donation to Katharine House Hospice. The hospice offers invaluable services and support to terminally ill people and their families, and this money will go a long way in helping the team to continue its vital work.” The celebrations continued on November 5 when the first 50 shoppers through the doors received free toffee to celebrate Bonfire Night.

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