Rugby’s Cancer Research UK shop back up and running

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A CHARITY shop in Rugby is open for business after being forced to close three days a week.

The new manager of Cancer Research UK wants to put the shop back on the map.

Alison Davies said: “We’re fully stocked and back in business.

“The shop is open six days a week from 9am to 5pm and we want people to come and see what we’ve got on offer as well as helping to raise vital funds for a brilliant cause.”

It closed its doors in for three days a week November after the previous manager left.

“A girl called Rebecca did a sterling job volunteering, but she was struggling to volunteer and do her college work,” said Alison.

Alison has now taken the helm and is proud of her team of volunteers at the Sheep Street venue.

She said: “It’s been closed for a while but it’s now back up where we want it to be. We celebrated the most money we’ve taken last week in that financial year so things are really looking up.”

She has issued a plea for more people to come forward and help the other 14 volunteers.

“Some started with us two or three weeks ago and some who have been with us for 20 years,” added Alison.

“There’s a fantastic team here and we have a laugh and a joke but we do need more. It doesn’t matter how much time is given - it could be one hour a week of six days a week.”

She said some joined because they have won their battle against cancer.

Others have lost someone they love and want to do something positive for others.

Betty Hunter volunteers at the shop every Friday morning.

She said: “I don’t think there’s many families who have not be touched by cancer.

“Volunteering at the shop is enjoyable and I know I’m doing my bit.”

Donations can be taken to the shop or TK Maxx, which is staging a ‘give up clothes for good’ initiative in which people are entered into a prize draw for £1,000 for giving unwanted items to Cancer Research UK.

Visit www.tkmaxx.com/page/giveupclothes/give-up-clothes/page/giveupclothes

There will also be a donation station at Rugby’s Race for Life on Sunday, July 15.