We’re raring to go!

As we continue to ease out of lockdown, staff, volunteers, donors and customers are eagerly returning to our shops in Freshwater (Isle of Wight), Chandler’s Ford, Hythe, Portchester and Weeke.

Our volunteers make a huge difference

Every shop raises much-needed funds to support local people with cancer. We’ve really missed being open and are raring to go! But our success relies on the support of a strong and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Could you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us? We’ve got some amazing opportunities available!

Our shops stock everything from Burberry coats and bridal gowns to DVDs and toys, and provide the highest level of customer service, with the welcome inside as warm as the striking window displays.

Chandlers Ford shop May 2021

Chandler’s Ford shop May 2021

Chandlers Ford shop summer 2021

Chandler’s Ford shop May 2021

I love working here

When I visited the Chandler’s Ford shop, I was amazed at the level of customer care. For example, Julia, the shop manager, told me that her team has to make up every used puzzle that comes in to make sure all the pieces are there. She introduced me to Dain, who’s been volunteering for the past five years. Her husband services all the watches and fits new batteries if they need them. “I absolutely love working here”, she tells me, beaming. “I think I’m a born shopkeeper and it’s all for such a good cause. Why spend all that money on clothes when you can come here and pick up a bargain?”

What opportunities are available?

Lots! They range from working on the till and sorting and steaming clothes to displaying and promoting donated items. We also have an opportunity for volunteers who are keep to help develop our online shop sales, via our Thriftify site.

You can get a lot out of volunteering

Volunteering with us is incredibly rewarding, providing opportunities to gain confidence, learn new skills and meet people. What’s more, you’ll be part of a community that ensures we can continue to provide valuable cancer support for local people.

Julia explains:

“To us, it’s not just a shop, but a way of life. We get to know everyone and we all love Wessex Cancer Trust and the work it does to support local people living with cancer.”

Our shops are incredibly important to the lives of local people living with cancer – we would be so grateful if you could spare just a few hours to volunteer with us.

Find out more

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please contact mark.ellis@wessexcancer.org.uk