Arsenal legend Bob Wilson unveils new Willow shop in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:46 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 31 October 2017

Bob and Megs Wilson cut the ribbon to officially open the new Willow shop in Hatfield.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Bob and Megs Wilson cut the ribbon to officially open the new Willow shop in Hatfield. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Arsenal legend Bob Wilson and his wife Megs have unveiled a new charity shop in Hatfield.

The Willow Team in Hatfield.
Picture; Karyn HaddonThe Willow Team in Hatfield. Picture; Karyn Haddon

Willow, founded by the pair in memory of their daughter Anna, provides Special Days for seriously ill people aged between 16 and 40.

The new store was unveiled in Market Place over the weekend – with eager shoppers queueing well before the doors were flung open.

It will be the charity’s fifth shop in Herfordshire, but unlike the others, it will be a discount boutique charity store.

A Willow spokeswoman said: “Bob and Megs Wilson gave an emotional speech, thanking the public and local business community for their very generous support, and the shop team for the extraordinary number of volunteer hours they have put in.”

Megs also shared that their daughter Anna, who was the inspiration for Willow’s Special Days during her own battle with cancer, used to work in the Hatfield Dental Centre within Market Square, so the new shop holds a special poignancy.

The spokeswoman added: “They then spent time with shop staff and public alike, with Bob greeting the Arsenal fans amongst the shoppers.

“Willow’s chief executive officer Jonathan Aves was honoured to officially welcome the mayor Lynne Sparks to the shop for a tour.”

She also urged anyone interested in volunteering at the store to call 01707 259777 or email

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