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A new healthcare resource dedicated to serving the Blantyre community is now officially open.

Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre, located at Glasgow Road, celebrated with an official open day on 1st November 2023 and invited local charity, The Haven, to present them with a generous donation cheque of £250.00 to show their commitment to supporting a local worthwhile charitable cause.

Left to right: Jackie Duff, Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre; Paul Hayward, The Haven; and Mark Goodfellow, Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre.

The Haven was formed in 2001 by Dr Rosalie Dunn - who at the time was a GP in Blantyre - and a team of dedicated members of the local community. Dr. Dunn recognised a gap in services that supported the emotional, mental health and wellbeing impact of patients who had been given a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. She recognised that both patients and their loved one’s wellbeing had been affected and wanted to provide support to them during challenging or difficult times.

The Haven’s services have a significant focus on empowering and supporting clients to develop self-management coping strategies and skills. The charity encourages clients to utilise these new skills every day as this has a lasting positive impact on their daily lives.

The donation from Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre reflects its dedication to not only meeting the healthcare needs of the community but also supporting a charity who have been supporting Lanarkshire residents for over 21 years and is committed to making a positive difference to the clients they support.

Paul Hayward, Campaigns and Communications Officer for The Haven, said: “We were delighted to be invited along to the official opening of the new Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre store and to receive the donation cheque of £250.00.

Between April 2022 and March 2023, The Haven supported a total of 332 individual clients. Since April this year, we have supported a total of 347 individual clients - an increase of 41% from the previous year. We anticipate this demand will continue and possibly will grow, which is why it is crucial for The Haven to receive the support from local businesses working within the area.

As we continue to see an increasing demand across all our services - particularly in those seeking support for bereavement in both our adults and children’s services – it’s encouraging to have the support from a local healthcare provider to assist us in our aim in supporting those who need our help. We are proud to have Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre stand beside The Haven and contribute to our mission”.

The Haven would like to say thank you to the team at Rowlands Pharmacy Blantyre for their generous donation and would like to wish them the very best of luck in the new store.

To find out more information about the support available at The Haven, please call 01555 811846, email:, or visit:

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