A charity shop in a market town has issued a plea for more volunteers amid dwindling numbers.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) has called on people to bolster its friendly team at its Fakenham shop as it faces a shortage of volunteers.

The shop’s manager, Nicola Kendle, has highlighted the urgency of the situation.

She said: “There are days, or particular mornings and afternoons, when we don’t have any cover.

"It’s become a real challenge.”

Market day on Thursday is a particularly difficult day to cover for the Fakenham shop.

Despite being the busiest day of the week, Ms Kendle stated she only has one volunteer present.

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She also emphasised the pressing need for extra hands to maintain the busy store and raise crucial funds to back EACH’s work.

Recognising the effort of the current volunteers, Ms Kendle said: “Our current volunteers are very good and wonderful people, who do their best to help as much as they can.

“However, we undoubtedly need extra pairs of hands and it would make such a difference in terms of helping raise vital funds to support EACH’s work."

This charity shop prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere and variety of jobs to suit diverse skills and interests.

Roles include serving customers, sorting and pricing donations, dressing windows, testing electrical equipment, and listing items on eBay amongst others.

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It is said that volunteering at the shop can lead to a pathway in the retail sector.

Ms Kendle said: “Volunteering is a fun, sociable and rewarding way of making a difference to children and families in our community.

"It can also provide valuable experience and provide a pathway into a career in the retail sector.

To find out more about volunteering at the shop, pop in for chat, email Nicola.Kendle@each.org.uk or call 01328 863297.