Can you help charity worker Maxie Richards?

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Note: byline, Rena O’Neill

Maxie Richards, from Westerton, has selflessly devoted over thirty years of her life to helping men and women with drug and alcohol addiction get their lives back on track.

The success of her work has earned her many awards - but it’s the reward of her work which motivates Maxie - and that reward is seeing self-esteem restored in people who had believed their lives to be worthless.

Sadly at present the two Maxie Richards Foundation shops, one in Maryhill Road and the other on Dumbarton Road, are in a run-down state and not generating the income so badly needed to maintain the Foundation’s rehabilitation centre.

The decline in the shops started when the van needed to collect donations of furniture and other bulky goods broke down.

It’s now beyond repair and through the Herald, Maxie is appealing for help.

She explained: “Although the Foundation has charity status, we don’t have the sponsorship many of the national charities have and we just don’t have the money to fund a new vehicle.

“We would be delighted if someone could donate a van, but we would be equally happy for the use of one bearing the logo of a sponsor.”

When Maxie first came to the aid of young drug addicts, she opened her own modest home to them when they had nowhere else to go. 

Now, thanks to funds raised in the shops, the Foundation operates a centre providing supported accommodation to men recovering from drug or alcohol addiction at The Kings Court residential facility in Tighnabruaich.

The centre offers a safe environment where they can learn valuable life skills and be given support to tackle issues from their past. 

Maxie’s dream is to be able to fund a similar facility for women but right now the Foundation needs help in the form of the van, volunteers and donations of quality furniture and other household goods, clothing and bric-a-brac, for the shops. 

Can you help with a van? Could you commit to working in one of the shops even one day a week? Could you, or do you know someone who could paint the shops and generally give them a facelift? If so please contact Dorothy Parkin on 563 7767 or Agnes on 07768884048.