Local AM calls in at Brackla Marie Curie shop

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones has been hearing about the vital role volunteers and staff play in Marie Curie shops to raise funds for the leading terminal illness charity.

Mr Jones visited the charity’s shop in Brackla where he met the store’s manager, together with some of the volunteers who give up their time to work there to learn about the different roles people can do to support Marie Curie and raise vital funds for nursing care at the end of life. 

At the shop, they sell ladies, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, homeware, books, DVDs and children’s toys.

Mr Jones said “It was great to meet the team in the Brackla Marie Curie shop and to hear from some of the volunteers who give up their time to support the charity. 

“It was interesting to hear about the type of goods donated and how they are processed, priced and sold. The manager told me that books and DVDs sell very well as do birthday cards. It was also interesting to hear about some of the more unusual items that people bring in. The manager said that someone had brought in a Radley Bag which had proved very popular and that one lady had brought in a lovely green ball gown that had been snapped up as soon as it went on display.

“The charity plays a remarkable role providing help and assistance for people who need it the most at the time they need it the most. I would like to thank the volunteers for all their work.”

Commenting on the role of staff and volunteers in shops, Paul Harding of Marie Curie said:

“Our eight Welsh shops raise around £600,000 a year for the charity, and without the dedication of our managers – some of who cover a number of different shops – and our volunteers, we would not be able to raise that vital amount to allow Marie Curie nurses to continue to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families, at home or in one of our nine hospices across the UK.”

* Thanks to Paul Harding of Marie Curie for the photo*