Mum: I’ve survived – and so will this store
AMUM-OF-TWO who twice survived cancer is urging people to support charity shops and help save more lives.
Kimberly Harrison, 39, had an eyeball removed and nearly lost her leg in two separate instances of cancer.
Now fit and well, the Ormskirk resident is calling on the town’s residents to shop in its Cancer Research shop to help the charity’s dramatic loss of funding.
The Burscough Street store was forced to close three months ago but staff and volunteers are now back in action.
The shops typically contribute more than £25m every year to vital research and Cancer Research UK has suffered a dramatic loss of income since they were forced to close temporarily.
An urgent TV appeal has been launched to help get its lifesaving work back on track and Kimberley, who cut the ribbon at the store’s opening in October, is backing that rallying call.
Highlighting the scale of the funding gap, the call to support the Ormskirk shop coincides with the launch of an urgent new TV appeal to help get the charity’s life-saving work back on track.
She said: “As a regular customer it was terrible to see the shop close, because I understand all too clearly what a lack of funding could mean for the development of new treatments for people like me.
“Research has given me more precious time with my family, so I hope people in Ormskirk will be inspired by the charity’s determination to carry on beating cancer and show their support – they really could save lives.”
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like Kimberly, Cancer Research UK currently funds around 50% of all cancer research in the UK.
However, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, it expects to see its fundraising income decline by up to 30 per cent in the financial year ahead – putting this research at risk.
Strict measures are being followed to ensure people in the town can shop, volunteer and donate goods safely, including hand sanitiser stations, cough guards at till points, face coverings for shop staff and volunteers, and a 72-hour quarantine period for donated items.
Anna Taylor, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, said: “To save lives tomorrow, we need the public’s support today - so we want people to know we’re making every effort to create a safe shopping experience.
“Covid-19 has hit us hard and after three long months we’re delighted to be able to welcome new and familiar faces back through our doors again, as well as a host of new donations.
“Our shops are full of new and preloved items, fashion one-offs and homeware treasures – particularly after lockdown clear-outs. As well as being sold at bargain prices, every sale helps to fund our work. But right now, clinical trials are being postponed and we’re having to delay vital research.
“That’s why we’re asking our Ormskirk customers to do what they can. Whether they shop, donate goods or volunteer their time – all are essential to help us keep making breakthroughs for people with cancer.”
Kimberley Harrison is urging local people to support Cancer Research UK’s shop, left; the shop’s safety message, above