Hospice shop is struggling: can you help?

St Catherine's Hospice Longridge shop manager Sue Carling (left) with volunteer Jenny Driscoll.
St Catherine's Hospice Longridge shop manager Sue Carling (left) with volunteer Jenny Driscoll.

Longridge’s St Catherine’s Hospice charity shop is appealing for volunteers to help it continue its vital work raising funds for the hospice.

The shop, in Berry Lane, celebrates 11 years in the town this year, is struggling to recruit helpers.

Jenny Driscoll joined the team at Longridge just as it opened its doors, and still loves giving her time there more than a decade on.

She said: “I had moved into Longridge from down south a few months before the shop opened. I moved to be closer to my daughters who live up north but I didn’t know many other people in the area. I thought it would be a good way to meet people.

“Since volunteering I’ve made many friends and I know lots of the regulars who come in all the time. I’ve seen the shop change and develop over the years since it first opened – it feels nice that I’ve been involved since the start.”

St Catherine’s operates 13 charity shops across the Central Lancashire area, including Longridge. The funds raised make an important contribution to £5m the hospice needs each year.

Rachel Hewitt, Head of Trading at St Catherine’s, said: “Volunteers are the life-blood of our shops and we simply would not be able to survive without them.

“We can promise a rewarding role right at the heart of a local charity and would love to hear from people who are interested in giving their time to help make a real difference.”

If you are interested in finding out more call 01772 313063 or visit www.stcatherines.co.uk.