British Heart Foundation in need of more volunteers at South Shields shop

British Heart Foundation furniture shop is looking for more volunteers. Staff member Allison O'Hare with volunteers.
British Heart Foundation furniture shop is looking for more volunteers. Staff member Allison O'Hare with volunteers.

People in South Tyneside are being asked to donate some of their time to help a major charity.

Volunteers are needed at the British Heart Foundation furniture and electrical store in Ocean Road, South Shields.

Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our lifesaving work without them.

David Ayre, area manager for South Shields and the North East

The charity, which works to fund research into 
heart disease, is looking to fill a number of roles at the shop.

Customer sales assistants are needed to work in the shop helping customers with purchases, receiving stock donations and raising awareness of the charity’s work to encourage more people to donate.

People are also needed to work as warehouse assistants, helping with heavy lifting and moving items into and around the warehouse and the sales floor.

There’s also something on offer for people who consider themselves an electronics whizz, who can work in the shop to repair electrical items that can then be sold to raise cash for the charity.

Finally, the store is in need of people to answer the phones and assist with booking stock collections and organised deliveries to customers.

David Ayre, area manager for South Shields and the North East, 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.

“We appreciate every minute people can spare and to show how grateful we are, we also hope to give something back.”

For more information on how to become a volunteer, go to bhf.org.uk/volunteer

Those who are unable to sign up as a volunteer but still want to help out are encouraged to donate stock to the store.

A free collection service is on offer. To book, go to bhf.org.uk/collection or call 0844 334 1400.

British Heart Foundation also has a shop selling clothing and other goods in King Street, South Shields.

To find your nearest store, call 0844 412 5000.