Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, helped re-open the remodelled Morrisons store in Winyates yesterday (Thursday, 6 April 2017).
The town's Member of Parliament, who hasn't participated in many public engagements in recent months due to illness, was invited to take part in the celebrations, marking the culmination of a three-month multi-million pound refurbishment of the Warwick Highway store. The entire store has been refurbished, including all display units, fridges and check-outs, while there is a new-look restaurant area and women's clothing area.
Manager Tim Jeffs was on hand to meet Karen, and staff were in a celebratory mood.
Karen said: "After my recent absence it was lovely to get out and about to meet management, staff and members of the public at the store. And it is great that so much is being invested in a popular Redditch shop.
"When I heard about the new range of women's clothing, I made a pledge to return on a shopping trip!
"I also made a point of thanking Tim and his team for supporting the Rory the Robot appeal which successfully raised enough money to lease a prostate cancer surgery machine at the town's Alexandra Hospital."
Picture 1: Karen celebrates the day with the store refurbishment team and regular staff.
Picture 2: Karen with staff at the Morrisons store who are currently raising money for CLIC Sargent in a partnership which will see staff and customers nationwide aiming to raise £8 million to help young people and families struggling with the extra living expenses a cancer diagnosis brings.
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
Redditch deserves strong and stable leadership. Every vote for Theresa May and your local Conservative, Rachel Maclean, on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.