A charity shop that opened its doors to the Buckinghamshire public earlier this year has welcomed its first corporate volunteer.

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Shop, which launched in the spring, has introduced Sharon Whitehouse from the Red Kite Community Housing in High Wycombe to work on a voluntary basis.

The shop manager, Carla Merola, put out a request on social media for more unpaid workers to come forward and within an hour of the notice being shared, Sharon agreed to come forward and help.

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In her new role, she has learnt what to do with donations, the importance of Gift Aid and how to steam clothes brought into the shop so that they can be displayed to their best advantage.

Sharon said: “Organisations such as Red Kite Community Housing give their employees a day a year to volunteer within the community to give back where we can.

Carla then added: “We have an amazing group, ranging in age from 14 to 82.

“Even my children volunteer.”

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has 13 shops in Buckinghamshire and last year sold 130,821 items of clothing & accessories and saved 276 tonnes of clothing and other items from landfill by recycling it instead.