Cancer Research Uk opens its latest charity Superstore at the Wren Retail Park in Torquay, this is their 33rd Superstore to date.
This is a Big space at 10 thou square feet, which allows Cancer Research to offer a huge range of goods, it is also a very useful and convenient Donation Centre.
2 Wren Retail Park, Browns Bridge Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7BJ
Mon to Sat 9 am – 6 pm. / Sun. 10 am – 4.pm.
VOLUNTEERS TEAM UP WITH CANCER CHARITY TO HELP SAVE LIVES
STALWART volunteers Sally Wilson and Pauline Smith who have dedicated their lives to fundraising opened Cancer Research UK’s newest superstore in Torquay.
Sally and Pauline are no strangers to helping others and have clocked up 47 years as devoted volunteers for the charity. Sally was awarded an honorary fellowship from the charity for her dedication to raising vital funds to help beat cancer.
And together with Pauline, who is Chair of the Cancer Research UK Newton Abbot Committee, they helped launch the charity’s biggest store in Devon, which is situated at Wren Retail Park, Torquay and opened on Thursday 6 April.
Sally started volunteering for the charity in 1988, long before it became Cancer Research UK. She started as a fundraiser for the Cancer Research Campaign, which then merged with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund to become CRUK as it is today.
And when she moved to Devon ten years ago from Cambridge, she thought she would stop volunteering, but soon realised that she missed the buzz of organising events, meeting new people, and raising vital funds.
Pauline explained: “I joined the Newton Abbot committee and have been busy ever since. We are just a small committee today, but I enjoy getting involved and raising vital funds. “We held a 1940s ball last October and held craft and market stalls and received donations from local businesses. We continue to find new ways to raise money to help beat cancer.” Pauline explained why the charity holds a close place in her heart. She added: “I joined because my father died from cancer and my mother was a survivor and my husband who was Mayor of Newton Abbot at the time suggested I should look to get involved and it has kept me busy which I enjoy.”
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. Its research has led to more than 50 cancer drugs used across the UK – and around the world – from chemotherapies to new-generation precision treatments. With around 36,300 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the southwest, the charity is determined to continue its mission of funding life-saving research.
The Torquay superstore is 10,000 sq. ft and was formerly the Outfit shop and will bring the total number of new CRUK superstores opened in the UK to 33.
It is selling everything from furniture to electrical items, clothing and soft furnishings, gifts, and women’s, men’s, and children’s wear- with profits going to fund research.
Opening times will be open Monday to Saturday, 9 am until 6 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm.
The manager of the Torquay superstore, Karl Annan, said more volunteers are welcome.
He said: “We also need donations of furniture, good-quality clothes, shoes, bags, books, and homeware are welcome. Every bag of donated items could raise up to £25 – or £31 with Gift Aid if the donor is a UK taxpayer – money that’s desperately needed to fund crucial research.”
For more information about Cancer Research UK’s shops, visit www.cruk.org/shops or follow @CRUKShops on Instagram or Twitter.