'We value our volunteers - and would love some more!'

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

A DOWNEND charity shop that supports children and young people with cancer has been celebrating with their volunteers for a national awareness week and is now calling for more helpers in their fight for young lives. 

The shop in Downend Road, which supports CLIC Sargent, has been busy celebrating national Volunteers’ Week 2017 which recognises the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

One of the dedicated volunteers is Doreen House, shop volunteer of 17 years.

Doreen, from Downend, said: “I am proud that I’ve volunteered here for so long, we always have a laugh and I’ve made real firm friends out of my time here. 

“It’s been great to celebrate with the other volunteers and we hope that other locals are inspired to sign up and join us. I can assure everyone that if they make that step, they won’t regret giving their time to CLIC Sargent.” Last year CLIC Sargent supported 619 families in the South West. The charity gave out 436 grants, totalling £87,720 to help families with the hidden costs of cancer. 

Now the charity is calling for more volunteers like Doreen to help them to support even more families in the area. 

Shop manager Karina Wolowiec said: "It’s simple really, without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to support as many children and young people with cancer. This is our opportunity to shout about how valued our volunteers are.

"Whether you can give your time once a week for a few months, or a few years, we’d welcome you to our team."

If you would like to give your time to CLIC Sargent pop into the shop or call 0117 970 1030.

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