NORTH Devon Hospice is appealing for volunteers to help run its busy Torrington shop. The Well Street store generates much-needed income for the local charity nearly £40,000 last year and is low on staff. This week, manager Anita Davison asked people

NORTH Devon Hospice is appealing for volunteers to help run its busy Torrington shop.The Well Street store generates much-needed income for the local charity - nearly £40,000 last year - and is low on staff.This week, manager Anita Davison asked people of the town to step up to the plate and help keep the shop open. "I know the people of Torrington have a great community spirit so I hope plenty of them will be interested in volunteering at the shop," she said."As much as anything, it's a really fun place to be because we have a really good laugh in whatever we're doing - whether that's arranging window displays or making the tea!"Volunteer Helen Rumbold, who helps out in the shop on Tuesdays and Fridays, added: "What's great about volunteering here is that you feel like you're achieving something."When the shop looks nice inside and customers are really enjoying shopping here, it gives you a sense of worth about what you're doing. "I've been involved with the hospice for seven years now so I know the work they do in this area is vital to many, many patients and families. That's why I am happy to give up my time."Shop volunteers have a number of duties including sorting through donations, arranging displays and manning the till. "It's really varied work so it never gets boring!" said Anita. "There's lots to do and we always do it with a smile because we're having fun and know we're doing it for a good cause. You don't have to give a lot of time, but any time you can spare really does help."If you are interested in volunteering in the Torrington shop, call Anita for a chat on (01805) 624704 or pop into the shop.