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DEBRA charity moves to Artizan

DEBRA charity moves to Artizan
A deserving charity, supporting adults and children with a genetic skin condition, has opened its doors at the town’s shopping centre.
 
DEBRA, which was founded in 1978, moved from Dumbarton’s main High Street into the heart of Artizan Shopping Centre on Wednesday, 7 December.
 
Marketing and Administration Coordinator Julie Miller, said the charity looks forward to welcoming new customers to the centre. “Our main focus is to support individuals and their families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa, which is a painful skin condition that can cause blisters and tears at the slightest touch,” she said, “Our stores are the charity’s main source of income and therefore we rely heavily on our customers’ donations in order to keep offering specialist care services and funding pioneering research.”
 
Founder Phyllis Hilton, formed the nation’s first Epidermolysis Bullosa patient support group, after her daughter was born with the genetic skin condition, and has since developed the charity internationally in 40 countries.
 
Stewart Gilmour, Artizan Shopping Centre’s Operations Manager, said the charity is a fantastic addition to the centre. “We are absolutely delighted that DEBRA has opened at Artizan,” he said. “The opening combined with our popular Community Hub really demonstrates our volunteering opportunities for the wider region and I am sure the new store will be a huge success with Artizan shoppers.”
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