Cancer Research UK asks for shoppers’ support as Stevenage, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City stores reopen
PUBLISHED: 06:39 02 July 2020 | UPDATED: 09:19 02 July 2020
Cancer Research UK has reopened its stores in Stevenage, St Albans, WGC, Hitchin and Harpenden.
With shops contributing more than £25 million every year to vital research, Cancer Research UK has suffered a dramatic loss of income since they were forced to close temporarily at the end of March.
Highlighting the scale of the funding gap, the call to support shops across the region coincides with the launch of an urgent new TV appeal to help get the charity’s life-saving work back on track.
Jenny Makin, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Hertfordshire, said: “To save lives tomorrow, we need the public’s support today – so we want people to know we’re making every effort to create a safe shopping experience.
“COVID-19 has hit us hard and after three long months we’re delighted to be able to welcome new and familiar faces back through our doors again, as well as a host of new donations.
“Our shops are full of new and pre-loved items, fashion one-offs and homeware treasures – particularly after lockdown clear-outs. As well as being sold at bargain prices, every sale helps to fund our work. But right now, clinical trials are being postponed and we’re having to delay vital research.
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“That’s why we’re asking our customers to do what they can. Whether they shop, donate goods or volunteer their time – all are essential to help us keep making breakthroughs for people with cancer.”
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK currently funds around 50 per cent of all cancer research in the UK.
However, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, it expects to see its fundraising income decline by up to 30 per cent in the financial year ahead – putting this research at risk.
Jenny added: “COVID-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop. With around 35,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the East of England*, we are absolutely determined to continue creating better cancer treatments for the future.
“Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised. So, with the help of shoppers across the county we believe that together we will still beat cancer.”
There is social distancing, hand sanitiser stations, cough guards at till points, face coverings and gloves for shop staff and volunteers, additional cleaning and a 72-hour quarantine period for donated items in place in all stores.
Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £56 million in the East of England last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.
For more information on Cancer Research UK shops and opening hours visit cruk.org/shops.
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