SHOPPERS in Penarth are being urged to “shop to save lives” by Cancer Research UK, as its store in the town fights to remain open in a challenging post-lockdown era.

The majority of the charity’s shops – including on Stanwell Road – are getting back to business to tackle the shortfall in funding caused by three months of “devastating closures”.

With shops typically contributing more than £25m every year to vital research, the charity says it has “suffered a dramatic loss of income” since it was forced to close in March.

Cassandra Miles, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Wales, said: “To save lives tomorrow, we need the public’s support today - so we want people to know we’re making every effort to create a safe shopping experience.

“COVID-19 has hit us hard and after three long months we’re delighted to be able to welcome new and familiar faces back through our doors again, as well as a host of new donations."

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As a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, it expects to see its fundraising income decline by up to 30 per cent in the financial year ahead.

Ms Miles added: “COVID-19 has slowed us down. But we will never stop. With around 19,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year in Wales, we are absolutely determined to continue creating better cancer treatments for the future.

“Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised. So, with the help of shoppers across South Wales we believe that together we will still beat cancer.” 

In the Penarth store, like elsewhere, there will be strict social distancing measures as well as hand sanitiser stations, cough guards at till points, face coverings and gloves for shop staff and volunteers.

All donated items will be quarantined for 72 hours.

For more information on Cancer Research UK shops and opening hours visit cruk.org/shops.