Bags of reasons a charity needs you

Volunteers Sally Gleeson and Celia Laverton are appealing for your help.
Volunteers Sally Gleeson and Celia Laverton are appealing for your help.
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A charity that raises money to help save lives in Lincolnshire urgently needs volunteers for its Spalding shop.

The Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance in the Sheep Market is struggling to find enough people to sort through the numerous bags of unwanted clothes, books, toys and other goods that fly through the door every week.

Celia Laverton (72) manages the shop and says she’s working as many hours now as before she retired.

She said: “I’m here six days a week when I should be slowing down – even though I love every minute.

“We’ve only a handful of volunteers left at one of the busiest times of the year and desperately need more to come and help us.

”I’ve been here for 15 years from when the shop was in Red Lion Street. The volunteers are a great bunch of people and even though we work hard we have lots of fun too.

”People are already coming in for clothes, books and toys for Christmas so the more help we get the better.”

To promote the shop and the work done by volunteers, an open day is being held on Thursday, November 21.

Sally Marsh, shops co-ordinator, said: “We need people to sort clothes, keep the shop tidy and operate the till. Please call in for a coffee and a chat – we would love to meet you.”

Customer Hilary Kenna says she always makes a beeline for the shop when she visits Spalding from Whaplode Drove.

She said: “I’m retired now but I used to run a charity shop and think this is a really good one.

“I come in for the books because I read a lot and they are only 50p each. But it’s friendly, such a good cause and there is always new stock on the shelves.

“That’s the secret to bringing people back.”

The open day takes place from 11am to 2pm. For details call Celia on 01775 723806.