Students and parents are being called to offer a helping hand to St Clare Hospice this autumn.

The Hastingwood-based charity is looking for volunteers who would like to run their charity stores situated across West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

All money raised is donated to help provide the best care, support and comfort to those diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“When the kids have gone back to school, and everyone has settled in, we know that some parents find themselves with a little extra time on their hands,” explains Rob Wallace, voluntary services manager at St Clare.

“Why not dedicate that time to something meaningful, that can help us to change lives in our local community?

“As our Hospice services continue to develop, we need your help to ensure that we can carry on growing and reaching more local people who need us.”

Approximately 300 volunteers help run St Clare Hospice’s nine charity shops, alongside several the increasing hospice care and support services for those suffering a life-limiting illness and their loved ones.

“Each shop has a different character or specialism - from books and music, to vintage and retro; designer fashion to beautiful homeware,” added Mr Wallace.

“If you live in, or near, Harlow, Epping, Debden, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Bishop's Stortford, Dunmow or Saffron Walden - then we've got a local shop for you! Could you spend a couple of hours a week helping us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in vital income?”

To enquire, visit or call Rob Wallace on 01279 773722 or email