By Tristan Harris 07/06 Updated: 09/06 00:00
BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid spent some time in the town's Cancer Research UK charity shop last Friday (June 1) to find out more about the contribution made by volunteers.
Mr Javid's visit coincided with National Volunteers Week which concludes today (Thursday).
There he met volunteer Sue Hughes who has been working at the Bromsgrove Cancer Research UK shop for the past ten years.
She took up volunteering after her brother-in-law was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer which took his life in 2005.
Mr Javid said he was delighted to find out about the hard work which went on behind the scenes.
"I’ve been lucky to have an experienced volunteer like Sue to show me the ropes.
“Meeting her proves just how vital it is that the local community continues to help raise vital funds to help beat cancer.
“It’s inspirational to meet volunteers who give up their valuable time to contribute to the smooth running of this busy shop."
Cancer Research UK’s Bromsgrove shop manager Fiona Edge said: “We have a fantastic team of volunteers and I’m grateful for all their hard work.
"The time they spend here each week makes a huge difference.
"There is always work to be done, and even just a few hours a week helps enormously."
Those who volunteer get to meet new people, have fun and learn new skills.
To find out more about volunteering for Cancer Research UK, please visit your local shop or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/volunteering.
Residents having a clear-out can donate any unwanted clothes, CDs, DVDs, books and quality household goods, by dropping them into the store.
As well as her volunteering, Sue has also been encouraging customers to back Cancer Research UK’s The answer is plain campaign by signing a petition. That is aimed at having all branding removed from cigarette packets in a bid to prevent young people from being tempted to take up smoking. During his visit Mr Javid was told about the campaign and the difference it is trying to make.
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