Cancer charity shop urges volunteers to come forward

Volunteer: Gloria Kemeny say the shop has a great atmosphere.

Volunteer: Gloria Kemeny say the shop has a great atmosphere.

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A CANCER charity shop is on the hunt for big-hearted volunteers to help out in store raising cash towards invaluable care and research.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity opened its shop in Crookes last July.

Since then it has raised more than £35,000 through sales of clothes, accessories, books, videos, and bric-a-brac.

Now staff want more local people to help run the shop.

Former Weston Park Hospital patient Gloria Kemeny, from Ranmoor, has volunteered there for the past eight months - and would recommend getting involved to others.

“I was a patient at Weston Park seven years ago and following my treatment, I had thought for a while that I wanted to do something to put something back in to the hospital that helped me,” she said.

“The shop is great for me because I like clothes anyway and the staff are lovely. We have some fabulous customers and it’s a great community atmosphere.”

Rachel Thorpe, director at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are looking for volunteers who will be involved in the day to day organisation of the shop, from helping and serving customers to organising stock.

“We are also hoping to find someone who’s a bit of an antiques buff so they can help us unearth some treasures from all the weird and wonderful items that are donated to us!

“We need to raise around £1.3 million a year to support cancer research and to help fund cancer treatments and care. Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us raise this massive amount and we are very grateful for their support – we couldn’t do it without them.”

The shop is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Visit www.wphcancercharity.co.uk or call 0114 2265370 for more information.

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