Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Tadcaster shop has raised a record £75,000 since reopening a year ago following the 2015 Boxing Day floods.
The popular charity shop, which first began trading in 1971, required work after the floods and officially re-opened last August.
With newly appointed manager Linda Park in position, the shop has gone from strength to strength. Takings have increased by approximately 50% thanks to the dedication and hard work of volunteers and unprecedented support from the community.
Money raised from the sale of donated goods helps to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region.
Linda Park, manager of Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Tadcaster shop. celebrates raising £75,000 with volunteers
Linda said: “It’s a fantastic amount of money. When I took this role, I just didn’t imagine that I would be working so hard or that I would have so much fun along the way. It’s thanks to great teamwork that we’ve managed to raise these funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
“It’s worth it because we know we’re raising money to help people with cancer in our region. Cancer is something that affects everybody and it’s good to know we’re doing our bit to help.
“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported the shop either by donating items or buying them. Without the support of the community none of this would be possible.”
Volunteer Irene Welbourn, 59, from Tadcaster, began volunteering at the shop a few years ago after suffering from depression.
She said: “Sometimes people who are having treatment for cancer come in and it reminds you that what you’re doing is important. Volunteering at the shop is a big part of my life. I enjoy the people I work with and it’s so nice when we see the results of our hard work.”
University student Julia Buchan, also from Tadcaster, has been volunteering at the shop over the summer.
The 20-year-old said: “I saw a sign in the shop window asking for volunteers and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. It’s great to be able to do something in the local community to help people with cancer while I’ve got some spare time during the summer.
“The role is really varied. We do so many different things during the day, from working on the till to creating window displays and sorting through the donations. Everyone’s made me feel so comfortable. It’s a great way to gain valuable work experience, which will help me when the time comes to secure paid work.”
If you are interested in volunteering or donating good quality clean clothes, children’s toys and bric-a-brac, please visit Linda at the shop or call 07900 741532.
For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 575 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.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.