CANCER nurse Jean Slocombe was the first customer through the doors of Cancer Research UK’s newest shop last week (Weds 20 Aug ).

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Jean, a senior cancer information nurse for the charity, cut the ribbon at 5 Bell Corner, Upminster – and then went in search of a shopping gem.

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The latest addition to the charity’s high street portfolio brings the total number of Cancer Research UK shops in the UK to 568.

Jean said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to open this lovely new shop. It will be a great addition to the High Street, especially for shoppers who love a bargain!

“Shops like this one provide vital revenue for Cancer Research UK and help fund the charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This research has helped save millions of lives and without it thousands of people would not be here”.

Jean has already checked out the new shop and is encouraging locals to pay a visit.

She said: “The shop is lovely and a great place to hunt for a bargain. I also want to practice what I preach so I have been through my wardrobe and brought a small bag of goodies down today which I hope the shop will be able to make use of.”

The new Upminster Cancer Research UK shop, which is open seven days a week, has bright lighting and colourful lampshades which give it an upmarket, contemporary look, in keeping with the local environment.

It also has an inspiration stories panel where supporters can write about their own experience or leave comments, and a community board with health information leaflets. Hanging tickets detailing the charity’s science and stories are also dotted through the clothing rails. This is part of the charity’s mission to inspire, engage and inform shoppers.

Shop manager Sue Barnes, said: “We’re asking people to help stock our new shop by clearing out their wardrobes and cupboards over the next few months and bringing us their good-quality clothes, shoes, bags, household items, books and CDs or DVDs.
“Each bag of clothes donated to a Cancer Research UK  shop is potentially worth up to £25 – even more if our supporters sign up for Gift Aid.”
The shop is also looking for volunteers to help out. Flexible hours are available.
Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for London, said, “Investment in retail is a priority for us because shops are the high street face of the charity. They also help to communicate the charity’s prevention and early diagnosis messages to the public.

“In today’s climate, Cancer Research UK is aware that shoppers want to pick up a good quality bargain and this new shop will enable people to do exactly that.”

The Upminster shop will sell quality clothes, accessories and household goods, with all profits going to the charity’s work to help beat cancer sooner.

To find out more about Cancer Research UK’s shops and shopping, visit: www.cancerresearch.uk/shop