Volunteers needed in Phyllis Tuckwell Shops

Caption: From serving customers and operating the till, to sorting, steaming and pricing stock, Phyllis Tuckwell’s retail volunteers are vital in helping raise money to fund its care.


Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is in need of more volunteers to help in its 18 charity shops, which are located across West Surrey and North-East Hampshire.

If you’re a people person, you’ll love the social interaction that volunteering in Phyllis Tuckwell’s busy shops will bring, as you help new and regular customers, and get to know the other staff and volunteers there.

Back in March, lockdown closed all of Phyllis Tuckwell’s shops, and although most have now re-opened, many of its volunteers have been unable to return to help in them, and consequently some of the shops are now operating on reduced opening hours. The shops bring in vital funds for the charity, which cares local for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, but they cannot operate without the help of its volunteers.

“We urgently need more volunteers to help us get our shops fully open,” said Peter Foxton, Director of Income Generation at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We offer flexible shifts and a varied working day, with volunteers helping to serve customers, operate the till, and sort, steam and price stock. We have introduced Covid-secure processes to keep our staff and volunteers safe, including quarantining stock and enhanced levels of cleanliness.”

You’ll be given training and learn new skills, and, with morning or afternoon shifts available, you’ll be able to fit it in around your other commitments. Best of all, you’ll know that by giving your time, you’ll be helping to raise money to support local patients and their families, at probably the most difficult time in their lives.

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Phyllis Tuckwell has continued to provide supportive and end of life care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, providing 24-hour front line care at the Hospice in Farnham and in patients’ own homes. However, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to provide this care, and with many of its fundraising events cancelled, its retail shops are now more important than ever in helping it raise the money it needs.

To find out more about becoming a retail volunteer, please contact Phyllis Tuckwell’s Voluntary Services team on 01252 729400 or email voluntary.services@pth.org.uk. Just a few hours of your time can make a big difference.


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