Shop work is beneficial

I have always been interested in books, and as part of my retiral plans, I find that working at the charity means that I work as part of a team, and, as I price the collectable books, am in an area I love too.

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, 9:00 am

You never quite know what is coming through that door. People are very generous with donations to what they see as a good cause. Occasionally, an extremely rare and valuable tome is slipped in amongst others. I try to price below the price given on the Abe independent booksellers website, but we do not aim to give them away as some charity shops seem to do. We have built up a loyal client base of regular customers, and the books do not seem to be on the shelves for long.

Retiral can be lonely for some. At the British Heart shop, you meet all sorts of people (staff and customers!) and it is good fun. Sunday mornings are good for undisturbed work; there is more to it than that though. With social media isolating people (are they really friends when you’ve never met them?) it is great to meet and josh with folk who are all giving something back of themselves to something bigger than themselves. So many times I have walked away feeling better about the world.

At the moment, there is a great need for till operators. This sounds complex, but isn’t really, and training is given. There is always a helping hand around the corner too. Some people love dealing directly with th public, and this could be you. If you prefer steaming clothes donations, or sorting and pricing bric a brac, then pop in and introduce yourself.

Finally, what is this all about? On the front page of last Saturday’s paper was a headline ‘Heart attacks breakthrough by British Scientists’. Inside was an article ‘Scientists discover antibodies that can protect against heart disease’. The BHF senior research adviser stated ‘We might be able to use new drugs to tweak the immune system to prevent people having a heart attack or stroke.’ BHF funded much of the research, based at Hammersmith Hospital and at Imperial College, published in the journal EbioMedicine.

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Nigel Sumerling

Volunteer, British Heart Foundation