This post was written 12 months ago and therefore may not be as accurate as more recent posts.

Two battlers celebrated the opening of Bury Hospice’s refurbished shop in Prestwich.

Bury boxer Scott Quigg, a patron of Bury Hospice, officially opened the shop in Prestwich town centre as he builds up to his next big fight.

And running the shop will be Bury Hospice’s very own battler Denise Jones-Payne who has fought cancer four times.

Denise has managed the hospice shop at Prestwich for 10 years after giving up her work at Birthday’s card shop after a chance meeting during cancer treatment.

“I was talking to a lady in hospital as I had treatment for breast cancer, she told me about Bury Hospice and their shops, said there was a vacancy and the rest is history.”

Mother-of-two Denise, now 58, first battled womb cancer in her 30s but it was as she was looking after her dad, who died from cancer, so she never told her family about it.

It came back in her breast and she has since had skin cancer twice, the last one last year on her face.

“I guess I am doing my bit, I know it sounds bad but I call it saving my bed at the hospice as you never know but I love working at the Bury Hospice shop, I love the characters you meet and this new shop is brilliant.”