Animal rescue charity in plea for volunteers

The RSPCA charity shop in Highfield Road is in desperate need for volunteers to help run the shop.  Pictured is Jean Stowell, struggling to cope on her own.

The RSPCA charity shop in Highfield Road is in desperate need for volunteers to help run the shop. Pictured is Jean Stowell, struggling to cope on her own.

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A Fylde coast animal charity has today made a desperate plea for volunteers to keep its flagship store open.

The Highfield Road branch of the Blackpool and North Lancashire RSPCA is currently being staffed by a handful of key volunteers.

But charity bosses have said they are in desperate need of more people if the store, which has the highest turnover of its four shops, is to continue opening six days a week.

Natasha Henderson, who works at the charity’s new animal centre in Stalmine, said: “We want to keep it running. It’s one of our biggest earners.

“We need people to come in and cover any days they can.”

The charity also has stores on Talbot Road, in Knott End and in Morecambe.

But despite getting the most footfall at the Highfield Road store, the charity is struggling to attract volunteers to work there.

Natasha added: “A couple of hours a week is fine. If 
people can stick to set hours that’s even better.

“The charity shops play a vital part in helping to raise funds for the work we do.

“The money goes towards the animal centre to keep it running and keep us able to help abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

“We rely on local donations and local people to do it.”

Anyone interested in helping out in the store can visit any of the shops for more 
information.

Alternatively, call (01253) 703000 or email enquiries@rspcablackpool.org.uk