St Catherine’s Hospice has hit its target of recruiting 30 new volunteers in 2015, with the opening of a new shop.
The charity aimed to sign up more helpers as part of its 30th anniversary Give A Gift campaign, run in conjunction with the Lancashire Evening Post.
“It’s good to know what I’m doing is helping other people who are going through what I’ve been through.”Volunteer Lisa Thompson
The new shop, in Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, has been officially declared ‘open for business’ by the Mayor of Preston.
Coun Margaret McManus performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony this week, following the shop’s initial opening in September.
It was part of a special celebration day which welcomed customers and volunteers.
Visitors to the open day enjoyed cakes, drinks and a tasty barbecue provided by The Mill Outside, the outside catering company behind the charity’s Lostock Hall cafe, The Mill.
Coun McManus said: “It was my absolute honour to open the 13th St Catherine’s charity shop.
“I hope residents donate items and use the shop to make it a huge success.”
Lisa Thompson is one of the volunteers who gives her time each week at the Fulwood shop, and has helped the charity reach its milestone. She was inspired to sign up to help after her mum’s experiences at day therapy at the hospice.
Lisa said: “I have never worked in a shop before so volunteering at the Fulwood store is helping me gain valuable and practical life skills, plus I get to meet all sorts of people.
“It’s good to know what I’m doing is helping other people who are going through what I’ve been through.
“It’s my way of giving something back.”
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at St Catherine’s, and in particular at the new Fulwood shop, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 313063.