A KIND-HEARTED Wigan woman will be paying a permanent tribute to her uncle by donating a percentage of sales from her new shop to charity.
Rita Horkan and two former Mr Wigan’s, Dave and Neil Seddon, opened Complete Nutrition on Gidlow Lane this week and in memory of her uncle, Vinny Charnock, who was a local amateur rugby league hero, a percentage of everything they sell will go to the British Heart Foundation.
Vinny (pictured right) died suddenly two years ago of a heart attack and so Rita not only wants to raise money for the cause which plays a leading role in the fight against heart disease, but also wants to raise awareness about the disease.
She said: “Vinny wasn’t ill and we all thought he was fit and healthy but he just collapsed at work one day and by the time one of his colleagues found him he was dead.
“So many people don’t realise that they are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and think that only people who are overweight are in the at risk category, but it is about so much more than that, which is why its so important for people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“Part of the reason we wanted to do something for the charity from the shop was because we knew the message of being healthy would tie in well with what we do here.
“And although people might think our products are all for people who want to bulk up and build muscle mass we also have a lot of focus on weight loss as well.
“We will be doing weight loss plans as well as consultations for anybody who wants one and will be able to give advice on any aspect of health that people are interested in.”
Vinny, who was 59, was well known within the amateur rugby league world and had strong associations with St Patrick’s and St Jude’s clubs.
Rugby was always in the family blood and sister, Mary, used to be Wigan RL chief executive.
Since his death in 2008 many fund-raisers have been held in Vinny’s memory, but his niece wanted to do something more permanent.
She said: “This is my way of doing something for Vinny and if we can make people more aware of the risks of heart disease in the process then it will be worth while.”