Call for volunteers to fund vital heart research

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VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed to make the most of the extra hour of sunlight at the British Heart Foundation store in Bognor Regis.

The charity is appealing for newcomers to work just half a day a month in the outlet in the London Road precinct.

This amount of time will enable one of its scientists to be funded in their life-saving research for an hour.

Meg O’Halloran, the charity’s area manager for Bognor, said: “Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our lifesaving work without them.

“We have volunteers who enjoy their time with us so much they have been volunteering with us for over 20 years.”

Giving time can also benefit the individual as well as the BHF. The experience provides an extra benefit for a person’s CV to help in the hunt for a new job.

NVQs are available to volunteers to boost their training. This academic year has seen 280 awarded in BHF shops and dedicated furniture and electrical stores. Another 450 staff and volunteers are working towards the qualifications.

The charity’s shops have also just launched a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to make them an approved activity provider.

This means young people can use their time in the shops to work towards their bronze, silver and gold awards.

The BHF shop in Bognor offers a wide variety of roles from merchandising clothes, shoes and accessories to window dressing and working behind the till.

The network of more than 700 shops raised £31m last year.

More details from the www.bhf.org.uk/volunteer website.