Ribbon cut at Friends shop

Thousands of pounds has been spent on refurbishing the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital shop, which was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex.

Peter Field was on hand to cut the ribbon to mark the special occasion, following a week long transformation which has seen new lighting, flooring and shelving in a beach hut theme, along with images on the walls of Eastbourne Pier, the Seven Sisters and some seagulls.

The refurbishment cost around £30,000 and the ‘seaside concept’ was inspired by local design company Identity.

Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field said, “I am pleased to be able to open the newly refurbished Friends Shop.

“It provides a great service to patients, visitors and staff.

“I have been impressed by the work of the Friends in raising around £6 million in the last six years for the benefit of patients at the hospital.”

Peter Nash, chairman of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital, added, “We are honoured the Lord Lieutenant was able to give the shop a royal seal of approval in officially opening the newly refurbished shop.

“I would like to thank Paul Gietzen and his team at Identity for their design and subsequent care and attention in transforming the concept into the reality of the shop and their generosity in doing so.

“The support of local firms such as Identity is very much appreciated.

“The shop is a valuable source of income for the Friends and generates around £100,000 a year.”

See pages 62-63 for more photos taken on the day by Herald photographer Steve Curtis.