MP for Bosworth, Dr Luke Evans, has visited the Hinckley branch of Cancer Research UK, to meet the hardworking team there, and to encourage people to continue supporting the branch. Dr Luke visited the branch on the 19 August, and met branch manager Alison Davies, along with the rest of the team. As well as needing more donations to ensure the branch remains well-stocked, the team are also looking for more volunteers, and Dr Luke is keen to spread the word.
During the visit, Dr Luke met the team and was shown around the branch by manager Alison Davies. Alison explained the donation process from the moment stock arrives at the store, and all donations given to the store are used to help raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK. Dr Luke also discussed the impact of the pandemic with the team, and was pleased to hear that the store is bouncing back well, thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the support of Hinckley shoppers.
Dr Luke would like to encourage people to keep our local branch in mind for donations, and the Hinckley shop accepts men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware, linens, books, CDs and DVDs, as well as some electricals. These donations are vital for keeping the branch stocked, helping the team to raise as much money as possible.
In 2020/21, despite the challenges of the pandemic, Cancer Research UK raised a total of £582 million, which helps to support pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including £48 million from trading activities, made possible by revenue from hundreds of branches across the country, including Hinckley. As well as donations and volunteering, people can also support Cancer Research UK by organising their own fundraising or taking part in events like Race for Life.
Dr Luke said: “it was great to go down and meet Alison, along with the rest of the team, at our local branch of Cancer Research UK. The branch is dependant on donations from the public, as well as volunteers giving up their time. If you’ve got a couple of hours to spare each week, why not consider helping out, it’s a great chance to meet new people, or develop new skills. Or if you are due to have a clear-out and have items which could go to a new home, do keep the Hinckley branch of Cancer Research UK in mind. The money raised helps to fund such vital work, and my thanks to the team for having me down!”
Branch Manager Alison Davies said: "We’re extremely grateful to Dr Luke Evans for volunteering his time to visit our shop and thank him for his support. The Cancer Research UK shop in Castle Street is on the lookout for more volunteers who are able to join the fight against cancer by helping out in store. There are a variety of roles available, from serving customers to dressing windows. Cancer Research UK relies on the generosity of the public to fund its life-saving research, and with help from the people of Hinckley, the charity aims to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Many of our volunteers work just one morning or afternoon a week, or sometimes a mid-day shift to help over the busy lunchtime period. A few hours can make a huge difference. No matter how much time a person can give or what their experience, we are urging people to get in touch.”
To volunteer for the Hinckley branch of Cancer Research UK, you can visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org/getinvolved/volunteer, or phone 01455 251340.