CLAN appeal for volunteers

The success of CLAN's Ballater shop has prompted the volunteer appeal
The success of CLAN's Ballater shop has prompted the volunteer appeal

A charity is appealing for volunteers of all ages for its Ballater shop.

CLAN Cancer Support’s premises are open Monday to Saturday each week and are a vital source of income that helps ensure the organisation provides a host of free services locally to anyone affected by cancer.

Goods for sale include an extensive range of men and women’s clothing, household items, books and DVDs, and the success of the shop owes much to the time and dedication of its volunteers.

Now the charity is looking to increase its pool of helpers.

Alison Hodgetts, manager and client support assistant at CLAN Ballater, said: “We simply couldn’t run our shop without the support of a dedicated team of volunteers.

“Each of our volunteers usually offers around three hours per week to help with various jobs, often serving customers and keeping the shop stocked up with donations.

“We have a great team here in Ballater and most importantly we have a lot of fun. However, as our shop donations have increased in the last few years, so has our need for volunteers so we’re asking anyone with time to spare to consider volunteering with the charity.”

CLAN Cancer Support has been providing free services to anyone affected by cancer for over 30 years and currently enlists the help of over 400 volunteers across the North and North-east, giving more than 40,000 hours of annual support to the charity.

Joss, a volunteer in the Ballater shop, said: “What I enjoy most about volunteering with CLAN is the feeling that I’m putting something back into the community. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.”

For further information about volunteering with CLAN’s Ballater shop, ring 01339 756318 or call in past the shop to pick up an application form. Further details can also be found at

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the North-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Buckie, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.