Shop volunteers raise £200,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

04 February 2019

Volunteers at Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Northallerton shop are celebrating after raising £200,000 over the past five years.

A special award was presented to the voluntary committee that runs the Romanby Road shop to thank them for their commitment and hard work.

Alan Dandy, who is stepping down from the role of Chairman after eight years, was also presented with an award in acknowledgement for his efforts. Alan plans to continue as a volunteer.

Alan receiving his award from Yorkshire Cancer Research's Relationships Assistant, June

Mark Richardson, Acting Chairman, said: “It’s fantastic for a small shop to have raised so much money in such a short amount of time. We’re very proud to have made a difference to cancer patients living in Yorkshire.”  

Mark celebrating with the Northallerton shop's award

Since opening in 1965, the shop has enjoyed continued support from generous members of the local community. It receives regular donations of unwanted belongings, from clothes to books and bric-a-brac. 

Volunteer Brenda Sharpe, 74, said: “My mother and grandmother both died from cancer. I like the fact that the money raised is used to help people in Yorkshire. I find volunteering very rewarding. You feel as if you’re doing something to help.”

Volunteer Brenda Sharpe

Pauline Wilson, 70, who has been volunteering at the shop for four years, added: “My relatives have had cancer and it’s a cause close to my heart. I used to come in as a customer and got to know the team. When I retired, I asked if they needed volunteers and I’ve never looked back really. I enjoy every minute of it.” 

Volunteer Pauline Wilson

Juliet Glendinning, Commercial Director at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers and members of the community who have helped the Northallerton shop reach this impressive total. All money raised through the sale of donated goods is used to improve the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of cancer in Yorkshire.” 

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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
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