A CHARITY shop has celebrated a major milestone of 25 years open today in Langley Park, County Durham. The St Cuthbert’s Hospice charity shop has built up a reputation in the community over the years for good quality items for sale and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Dorothy Cummings and Tracy Chester job share the Retail Manager’s role at the shop. Tracy said: “We pride ourselves on being a well-known and well-loved shop in the heart of Langley Park and have received amazing support from the community from day one right up to today. We have lots of regular customers, some who visit us daily. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for their support.”

The shop on Quebec Street was one of the first shops to open to help support the Hospice and has been staffed by over 40 volunteers over the years.

Tracy said: “I actually started working for St Cuthbert’s Hospice as a Retail Volunteer many years ago. I was able to build up the skills needed to apply for a full time paid job for another organisation. I was so grateful to St Cuthbert’s for this helping hand towards paid employment, as soon as a job came up to work for St Cuthbert’s I jumped at the opportunity.”

“We have a real need for more volunteers in the shop and would welcome interest from anyone age 13 and over. We need help almost every day so please do call in if you’d like to offer some of your time. We’re a friendly bunch and we’ve found that many of our volunteers even pop in on days off if passing by just to say hello to one another.”

Maureen Saville from Langley Park has volunteered in the shop for the past 20 years. She said: “I’ve seen many changes over the years but the one thing that has stayed the same is how friendly everyone is. People tell me they can’t walk by without popping in. We always need more donations as we’ve just got busier and busier over the years. I love it!”

St Cuthbert’s Hospice Langley Park Shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4pm. Wednesday’s 10-1pm.

To enquire about volunteering at Langley Park or any of the other 8 St Cuthbert’s Hospice Retail Shops please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jude Smith on 0191 374 6169 or email volunteer@stcuthbertshospice.com