Barnstaple charity shop thanks its volunteers

CHILDREN'S cancer charity CLIC Sargent will be hosting a celebratory lunch to say thank you to its dedicated volunteers at the Barnstaple branch for their continuing support to the cause. The 28 volunteers, who range in age from 18 to 78, give up a co

CHILDREN'S cancer charity CLIC Sargent will be hosting a celebratory lunch to say thank you to its dedicated volunteers at the Barnstaple branch for their continuing support to the cause. The 28 volunteers, who range in age from 18 to 78, give up a combined total of 100 hours per week of their spare time to help out in the shop, which raises vital funds to support families affected by childhood cancer. This week is the 25th anniversary of National Volunteers' Week and the charity is using the UK's annual celebration of volunteering as an opportunity to thank its own committed group of supporters with a celebratory pub lunch on Friday. Among those attending the event will be four of the shop's longest serving volunteers who together have been lending a hand more than 40 years. Debbie Smallbone, manager of the CLIC Sargent shop in Barnstaple, said: "Volunteers' Week is the perfect opportunity for us to say a massive thank you to our loyal group of volunteers who regularly give up their time to lend a hand in the shop. "Our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills and experience, fresh energy and enthusiasm to our shop teams. Whether they are able to offer the occasional hour or several days, their support is essential in ensuring the shop can continue to run and help make a real difference to families whose lives have been turned upside down by childhood cancer." If you've got a couple of hours to spare and you would like to make them count please contact shop manager, Debbie Smallbone on 01271 328799 to find out more about volunteering opportunities in the Barnstaple shop. To learn more about other volunteering opportunities with CLIC Sargent visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/volunteer

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