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Stars step in to open Hillsborough Families Support Group store

Monday, 14 January 2013

A pop up shop that will directly benefit The Hillsborough Family Support Group is preparing to open in St Johns Shopping Centre on Monday (14 January).

Celebrities including Liverpool and Sky Sports legend Phil Thompson, ex Everton star Graeme Sharp and Waterloo Road’s Jack McMullen  will show their support by officially opening the store at 12.30 pm on Monday, along with Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the support group.

The pop up shop follows the great response to the Hillsborough Family Support Group market stall, which sold poems, calendars and wristbands in Williamson Square over Christmas. The poems 'Hillsborough 96' for Liverpool fans and 'And if you know your History?' for Everton fans have both been written by Evertonian author Mikel.

The St Johns shop will now be the only place in the city to buy the framed poems, written for both Liverpool and Everton fans, and for the first time will sell ‘Justice for the 96’ t shirts. Profits from all merchandise sold will go directly to HFSG.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of HFSG, says, “In recent months we have been overwhelmed by the power of the people of Liverpool, who have demanded their voices be heard. Sports Drive Promotions, who opened the very first HFSG Christmas market stall in Williamson SQ, have been invaluable. The market stall was a place where people were able to come and show the strength of their feelings and give to a cause they feel a part of.

“It’s fantastic that Sports Drive Promotions have been able to carry on that success. Having a full size store allows the extra space we needed to offer other things that shoppers have asked for. We expect the ‘Justice for the 96’ t-shirts to be popular.”

The unit for the pop up shop has been provided free of charge by St Johns and will be located close to the food court in the centre.

Ian Ward, centre director of St Johns, comments, “What happened at Hillsborough will be forever ingrained in the minds of people in this city.

“We welcome the pop up shop to the centre and wish it every success in raising funds for the families affected.”