Sunderland charity shop appeals for volunteers to achieve dream of cancer support centre

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The newly opened Fighting All Cancers Together Charity store is appealing for volunteers and donations to raise £2 million for a support centre.

The Sunderland store, on Blandford Street, is one of five charity stores ran by Fact, who are based in the North East. The money raised is going towards a cancer support centre on the site of the former Dunston Hill School.

Joanne Smith, the founder of the charity Fact, said: “We want to build the UK’s first cancer support centre. It will provide services for people affected by cancer but will also have a large focus on awareness and education as well.”

Fact also hold events for those affected by cancer such as annual balls, pamper days and a coast to coast cycle.

Ross Mcanelly, a supervisor in the Sunderland store, said: “There is an old school site which we have had the opportunity to purchase half of once the school is demolished. We aren’t a big organisation, we rely really heavily on donations coming in and volunteers.”

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The charity is also coming up with new ways to reach their target.

The store encourages people to visit, donate and volunteer in order to achieve their goals.  The store also owns a van which can be used for collecting donations.

The Sunderland shop opened in December 2015 and currently have a sale on making most items only £1.

The store is open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm. For more information please visit or like their page on Facebook: FACT Cancer Support Sunderland.

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