Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell joined the team at the Marie Curie Shop on Saturday to help out and celebrate the work of volunteers.
She spent an hour in the shop on Terminus Road as part of Make a Difference Day - an annual celebration of the contribution of volunteers.
Caroline met store manager Jane Farrant, and was shown around the store to see how it operated.
Jane highlighted the importance of signing up all customers to gift aid and explained that last year around £4 million was raised through it.
At a cost of £20 per hour for a Marie Curie nurse, this enables a considerable amount of extra care.
Jane also said that Marie Curie nurses now look after the terminally ill, not just cancer patients. Many of those who volunteer are retired, but others also help out to gain confidence and make their way back into employment.
Caroline said, “It was a pleasure to help out for a short while and to learn from Jane about what makes a good shop work so well and to meet customers, staff and volunteers.
“Marie Curie volunteers make a vital contribution to raising money for the charity. Without them, these shops would not be able to raise the funds needed to help and comfort those, often in the final days of their lives.”
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