SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Farron has highlighted the work of the St John’s Hospice shop in Kendal by joining the team to do a spot of volunteering.

The shop helps to raise funds for the Lancaster-based hospice that cares for local and terminally-ill patients and their families.

Yesterday, Mr Farron worked in the shop at Highgate to clean furniture to make it suitable for sale.

St John's Hospice has a total of nine charity shops across the Kendal, Lancaster and Morecambe areas.

They provide vital income to the hospice and a visible presence of the charity in the community.

The shops are mainly staffed by volunteers who generously donate their time and help to ensure that much-needed income is directed back to the services that the hospice provides.

The Kendal shop is currently looking for volunteers, particularly in the afternoons. If you can help please get in touch with Jacky Pow on 01539 727167.

Mr Farron said: “The hospice does an amazing job for local people and it was great to roll up my sleeves and help out. It also allowed me to thank the hospice and their volunteers for all they do.

“The team in Kendal are currently looking for more people to help them in the shop and I'd urge everyone to give it a go, it's really good fun."

“Hospice services, like St John’s make a massive difference. They offer amazing care which is compassionate, and of highest quality.

"I regularly lobby Government ministers to do more to support local hospices and I was pleased to support the shop."