A CHARITY shop has received so many donations in recent months, extra staff are needed to cope with the avalanche of good will.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Ledbury shop, on The Homend, is looking for new volunteers “to ensure they can continue to raise funds for the charity’s work at Nature Reserves across Herefordshire.”

Volunteers are needed at the shop to help with all sorts of tasks from welcoming customers and sorting donations to specialist tasks such as researching books and antique items.

Shop manager Sue Daynes said: “We have a fantastic group of volunteers at the shop but we can’t currently keep up with our great donations and lovely customers.

“We’d love to hear from anyone who might be able to spare a few hours each week to join the team – we’re a very friendly bunch!”

The Trust’s high street charity shop is enjoying a surge in donations and customers since new manager Ms Daynes joined the team in August but now needs more volunteers to help with running the shop.

Trust spokesperson, Frances Weeks said: “Herefordshire Wildlife Trust manages 55 nature reserves across the county as well as running habitat restoration projects and a programme of environmental activities and education.

“Winter is one of the Trust’s busy periods with woodland management tasks such as coppicing and hedge laying take place. Teams of volunteers and staff are busy on sites throughout Herefordshire’s beautiful landscapes ensuring our wild places remain havens for our wildlife. The Trust’s charity shop in Ledbury s one of the key ways that the charity fundraises with all money raised supporting its work in the county.”

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) is part of the federation of 47 Wildlife Trusts based across the British Isles.

Formerly known as Herefordshire Nature Trust, it is the largest member based nature conservation organisation in the county, with nearly 5,000 members.

Anyone interested in volunteering can pop into the shop at 4, The Homend, Ledbury or contact: s.daynes@herefordshirewt.co.uk or call 01531 635946.