Customers at our Walton-on-Thames charity shop got a surprise when they found singer and presenter, Aled Jones, behind the till yesterday (Monday 6 June). 

He was showing his support for The Salvation Army’s appeal for volunteers by rolling up his sleeves and giving his time by volunteering.

The Salvation Army’s charity shops play a vital role in raising millions of pounds each year to help vulnerable people in communities across the UK. They need regular support from volunteers.

Aled was shown what it’s like to be a charity shop volunteer by shop manager Svetlana Tenniswood. She said: “Aled was brilliant. He really got stuck in. Our customers got such a surprise when they saw him waiting to serve them at the till. He learned how to use the steamer, which gets clothes looking clean and crease-free when they’re put out onto the shop floor. He even dressed the mannequin in the window – he chose a fantastic summery look. It was great fun!”

Aled Jones is hoping to inspire people to give volunteering a go and help The Salvation Army’s appeal for more volunteers. It comes as the UK marks National Volunteers’ Week, which is being held between 1 and 12 June this year. The week celebrates and recognises the value of volunteers, and hopes to increase awareness for how fun and fulfilling volunteering can be.

Svetlana added: “I’m so grateful to Aled for helping us raise awareness about how valuable our volunteers. We simply couldn’t do without them. If you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”

For details about volunteering in Walton-on-Thames, pop into the shop at 44 High Street, Walton on Thames, KT12 1BY or call the team on 01932 269256.

For more information about National Volunteers' Week, visit: www.volunteersweek.org