CHRISTMAS is the busiest time of year for charity shops and this year the nation’s heart charity,
The British Heart Foundation, is appealing for volunteers in East Sussex to lend a hand and make a real difference.
Debbie Dixon, manager for BHF Sussex shops said: “Volunteers are essential to our success and play a vital part in the fight against heart disease.
Last year BHF volunteers’ time was worth £42 million to the charity – a huge contribution.”
BHF Shops across Sussex need 360 volunteers this Christmas.
Their time could mean £187,920 and the fight against heart disease over the festive period.
With over 560 BHF Shops and 120 BHF furniture and electrical stores in the UK there is a lot to do. Sussex shops - which include Uckfield, Lewes, East Grinstead and two in Brighton - have roles available to suit everyone. From merchandising the range of Christmas gifts to selling Christmas cards; window dressing and helping with the Christmas raffle, all shop managers are keen to hear from people with a few hours to spare.
Debbie added: “The contribution our volunteers make is extraordinary – we simply couldn’t run our shops without their support.
“There are so many great opportunities available in our shops this Christmas. I’d really like to encourage people in Sussex to make a huge difference by giving the gift of time. Whether you can spare a couple of hours or a couple of days a week we’d love to hear from you. Your support is vital to us.”
Information on volunteering in BHF shops or other ways to support the charity visit bhf.org.uk/christmas or call 0844 412 5000.