Why is no-one willing to lend a hand at Salvation Army shop?

Salvation Army shop, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead. Volunteer Pat Woodward, of Gadebridge.
Salvation Army shop, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead. Volunteer Pat Woodward, of Gadebridge.

A good cause that dishes out presents to needy children at Christmas is struggling to recruit volunteers for its town centre shop.

The Salvation Army store in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, will celebrate its first anniversary next month but it’s not been plain sailing.

Manager Tracey Beaumont, who is stretched between two charity stores, says they’re desperate for volunteers to help out.

“It’s more or less impossible to run this shop without volunteers,” she said.

“At Leighton Buzzard it is completely different - I have an army of volunteers over there.

“We have been open for almost a year and we have got two volunteers that have stayed with us but they are only with use for a couple of hours each week.

“I really don’t know what the problem is, I can’t explain it.”

Even a recruitment day with balloons and tea and coffee served up outside the shop did not entice anyone to sign up to volunteering.

The Salvation Army helps the homeless, provides humanitarian aid and, in Dacorum, distributes festive presents to needy youngsters and serves up Christmas Day dinner to the homeless each year.

Shop volunteer Pat Woodward, of Gadebridge, has been lending a hand since November as she enjoys the social aspect of volunteering.

“I think it’s the friendliness and I get to chat to people,” she said.

“It is something to get me out of the house.

“I retired and had a couple of years off work and then I thought, it’s getting a bit boring now.

“Supporting a charity is always a good think, giving your time if not your money.

“You can do whatever hours you like.”

Tracey said hours are flexible and volunteer travel expenses are also covered.

To find out more call 01442 266354.