Movers & Shakers: Ivan Wade leaves Muntons to run St Elizabeth hospice shop
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Maltings stalwart Ivan Wade is set to run a hospice charity shop in Ipswich after losing his mother to cancer.
Ivan has been with malt firm Muntons in Stowmarket for 31 years, following in the footsteps of his late father, Ken Wade. Between them, they have notched up nearly 70 years with the firm.
Ivan, who will run the St Elizabeth hospice shop in Bramford Road, worked in a number of areas, from grain intake, to the maltings and finally in the malt extract plant, becoming a knowledgeable member of the team.
“The company really helped me when my mother was diagnosed with a progressive cancer. They gave me the time off that I needed to care for her, which along with the support of my sister and the St Elizabeth Hospice helped me through this difficult time,” he said.
Ivan previously helped out in the Stowmarket shop on a voluntary basis working two days a week.
“The hospice needs funds to ensure that it can continue its good work and the shops are an important contributor,” he said.
He added: “Leaving Muntons was a big decision, the people were a big part of my life and it is the people that I am really going to miss.”
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