Visitors to our Stonehaven based social enterprise, Gift Corner, have chosen their favourite name – Gerome – for a gnome which has become its unofficial mascot since appearing in its shop window.
Gift Corner on Evan Street received the gnome from staff at the Asda store in Portlethen and invited members of the public to vote for a name from a shortlist suggested by staff. Gerome emerged as the most popular name for the little chap.
Since he appeared in the window last month, hundreds of people have visited Gift Corner to register their votes.
Gift Corner is run by leading social care charity Cornerstone and Aberdeenshire Council. It currently has a staff of four and provides employment and training opportunities for more than 20 people with learning disabilities.
Shop supervisor Suzanne Smith said: “We’re delighted that Gerome now has a name and would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit Gift Corner and vote. The response was amazing and he has clearly got people talking!”
Shoppers were offered a 10% discount if they voted in the poll, either in person or on Cornerstone’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Gift Corner stocks a range of gift items as well as goods produced at Woodview Embroidery and Print Services, another of Cornerstone’s social enterprises.
Woodview is based in a workshop in Stonehaven and can embroider and print a wide range of logos and designs for work wear, sports clubs and schools, as well as printing corporate and personalised gifts such as mugs, mouse mats and phone covers as either corporate or personalised gifts.
All the profits are reinvested into charitable activities and employment opportunities.
Gift Corner is open from 10am to 4pm.