After a devastating closure for months, the number of volunteers at Cancer Research UK has gone down by almost half in such areas as Penzance, Looe, Falmouth St Ives, and Truro.
The fall in the number of volunteers has resulted in a decline in donations.
The area manager Lesley Scott is now calling for help, citing that the pandemic has prevented most long-serving volunteers from getting back to the shops.
According to Lesley Scott, most of their volunteers are University students, and with the shift from physical to online studying, the number of helpers has dropped dramatically. She adds that they normally have approximately 30 volunteers who cover both of their Market Street’s floors, but they now have around 13 volunteers since the pandemic.
Lesly Scott says that most of their volunteers have not been able to return to the shop due to health reasons, while others are shielding and others are out of Cornwall, intending to be close to their families around the UK.
She adds that the pandemic has prompted most people to want to be near their families, especially when older people are moving closer to their kids.
The manager of the Falmouth shop in Market Street-Nicky Garvin, says that there are many things people can help within the stores, from dressing windows and preparing donated stock for sale.
Nicky Garvin adds that volunteers do not need skills to be the team, and with motivation, they can be of great help. The manager adds that even if a volunteer helps for a few hours, it will benefit the shop.
Nicky Garvin adds that Cancer Research UK works to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, which has helped save millions of lives. However, these goals are achievable with the help of supporters and volunteers.
The Cancer Research UK provides around 50% of the funding for the UK’s cancer research. However, with the pandemic having affected volunteers, there could be a decline in fundraising income for the next three years.
About 34,800 people are diagnosed with cancer yearly in the South West, which prompts the charity to be back on track.