Nigel Pearson, Shop volunteer

In 2006, Nigel was newly retired and on the lookout for a challenge where he could meet new people, have fun, and use his skills to really make a difference.

“Having lost my wife in 1998 at the age of 50, along with other family problems, I have some understanding of people who have to cope with the ongoing difficulties that health and life can sometimes present to you.”

What Nigel does

“My previous work has been all about people and I’m a really practical, positive person wanting to enjoy life and live it as fully as possible, so I knew that I was in need of an activity that had both companionship and purpose.

Whether I’m on the shop floor serving customers, sorting and steaming new stock, operating the tills or supporting  Cancer Research UK events,  I get involved in anything and everything. I’ve also been given some great opportunities to try new challenges including taking items to a local auction house for valuation, and being involved with the introduction of the new Cyber Till and Gift Aid.

Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience and it’s been fantastic to have seen the shop change and develop.”

Nigel’s volunteering highlights

“It is very important to me to be part of something where the efforts of all volunteers, all shops, all events, and all supporters make such a vital difference in the fight against cancer.

Cancer is such a devastating illness which we must continue to try and beat. If you’re thinking about volunteering, do it! Its fun, rewarding and you’ll make friends for life.”

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