Charity shop in plea for volunteers

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to lend a hand at the St Catherine’s Hospice shop in North Marine Road.

Shop manager Jo Major said the shop was in need of some new volunteers, especially for Saturday cover, and urged people to “come and give it a try”.

She said: “We are looking for anyone, young or older, who can spare us as little as an hour a week to come in and help.

“In the first instance they can just come in and meet everyone, have a chat and see what they think.”

The shop sells furniture plus bric-a-brac and antiques and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

“It’s a great place to come and spend some time, a chance to get out of the house and make some new friends,” said Jo.

“We are a really friendly bunch and you get to meet lots of interesting people and to do something worthwhile that really helps the hospice.”

She said it was also an opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills, like operating tills and creating displays. There is also a possible opportunity to gain an NVQ qualification in Retail.

Hospice retail manager Debbie Jewison said “Our volunteers in the shops do an extremely valuable job in helping bring in the vital income needed to help run Saint Catherine’s.

“We are looking for people from all walks of life – mums who can give us some time while their children are in nursery school or students who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example.

“Anyone who can spare us some time would be doing some real good for the hospice. It’s a fun environment to work in and our volunteers really enjoy it.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact shop manager Jo Major on (01723) 501601.