The First Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething has learnt how volunteers raise money for the charity Marie Curie during a visit to one of their shops.

As part of his visit to the Windsor Road shop in Penarth, Mr Gething MS spent an hour acquainting himself with staff and volunteers, hearing about the work the leading end of life charity does.

The Penarth shop is instrumental in raising funds for the Marie Curie Hospice in Cardiff and the Vale on Bridgeman Road.

They also raise money for the free Information and Support helpline, as well as their Hospice Care at Home service.

Penarth Times: Cardiff South and Penarth MS Vaughan Gething was inspired by the volunteers

Marie Curie provides expert end of life care for individuals suffering from any terminal illness, in the comfort of their own home or at one of its nine hospices, with support extended for their families and friends.

Vaughan Gething MS for Cardiff South and Penarth said: "It has been a pleasure to visit the Marie Curie shop on Windsor Road and help volunteers with their jobs for the day.

"Meeting the staff and volunteers and hearing stories about the care provided in the region for people living with a terminal illness has been inspiring."

Penarth Times: Vaughan Gething spent time with each volunteer during his visit

Dawn Parsons, Marie Curie retail manager, said: "Our team were delighted to welcome Mr Gething to the shop and have him help with some of the aspects of the work volunteers and staff do.

"We are always looking for donations of good quality stock for the shoppers of Penarth to pick up a bargain in aid of a good cause, so please pop in with your donated items or to find out more about how you can volunteer."

Volunteers form a crucial part of the Marie Curie team, ensuring shops can stay open and continue to raise crucial funds.

To learn about how you can volunteer in one of the charity's 102 shops around the UK, visit