MP Jo Swinson helps out in Make A Difference Day

MP Jo Swinson Volunteers at Marie Curie Cancer Care charity shop at Bearsden Cross.'Jo with Volunteer shop assistants Holly Smith and Keith Shand S5 Pupils from Bearsden Academy.'Photo by Paul mc Sherry 29th Oct 2011.
MP Jo Swinson Volunteers at Marie Curie Cancer Care charity shop at Bearsden Cross.'Jo with Volunteer shop assistants Holly Smith and Keith Shand S5 Pupils from Bearsden Academy.'Photo by Paul mc Sherry 29th Oct 2011.

MP Jo Swinson turned charity worker at the weekend when she got behind the counter to lend a hand at the Marie Curie Cancer shop in Bearsden.

The MP for East Dunbartonshire joined volunteers from Bearsden Academy, S5 pupils Holly Smith and Keith Shand, serving customers and sorting donations at the Drymen Road store to support Make A Difference Day on Saturday.

Alec Barclay, head of shops, said: “We are delighted that Jo has given up her time to volunteer at one our Marie Curie Cancer Care shops. Make A Difference Day presents a great opportunity to highlight the vital contribution that our dedicated volunteers make towards ensuring we can care for more terminally ill people and their families.

“We are absolutely reliant on the generosity of local people to help raise these funds. Volunteering is a great way to support your local community while meeting new people and learning new skills. Our shops would simply not be able to run without them.”

Over three quarters of a million people have taken part since the launch of Make a Difference Day in 1996, organised by CSV (Community Service Volunteers).