This is why should you volunteer for Cancer Research UK
Some rattle plastic buckets outside train stations. Some hang up donating clothing in stores. Others limber up to run marathons, swim across oceans or walk across muddied fields. The countless volunteers that come together during days off work, an hour or two in between meetings or during sun-splashed weekends are a lifeline for Cancer Research UK. As one of the world’s leading independent cancer charities – pioneering new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – the volunteers keep the organisation working to see three out of every four people living with cancer survive by the year 2034.
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Donations will be quarantined for 72 hours and customers required to use hand sanitiser before browsing the clothes rails and handling the bric-a-brac on the shelves, under plans drawn up by the UK’s charity shops as they prepare to reopen their doors in June
Charities have been badly hit by the lockdown, with some reporting millions of pounds a month lost as a result of shops being closed. Many are keen to reopen, but rules around physical distancing and hygiene mean they may have to operate on reduced hours and put new rules in place for both donors and shoppers.
Pubs And Restaurants Will Be Last To Reopen After Lockdown, Confirms Michael Gove
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. Pubs, restaurants and hotels will be among the last to reopen when the government relaxes the coronavirus lockdown, Michael Gove has confirmed. The Cabinet Office minister said on Sunday ministers would make a “balanced judgment” about what changes could be made to the current social distancing measures. Asked on the BBC’sPubs, restaurants and hotels will be among the last to reopen when the government relaxes the coronavirus lockdown, Michael Gove has confirmed.
In pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits UK amid global pandemic (Photos)
With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causing significant global disruption in 2020, the U.K. responded by announcing strict country-wide measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. After ordering pubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country to close indefinitely, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the public on March 23; outlining strict exercise and shopping limits, ordering all shops other than food stores and pharmacies to close, and implementing a ban on public gatherings of two or more people. First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, while deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19), announced on April 16 that the U.K. lockdown would continue for at least another three weeks. On May 10, the government then released preliminary guidelines on how the country is to exit the lockdown while setting out plans for a tentative easing on social restrictions in the coming months. With many businesses continuing to feel the effects of the pandemic, the state is also delivering an unprecedented economic relief package estimated to cost over £400 billion.
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As the U.K. lockdown begins to lift and some groups return to work while following social distancing guidelines, we look at the situation around the country in pictures.
(Pictured) Cyclists take a break in the sunshine at Trafalgar Square in London, England after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown, on May 22.
Professional footballer Jack Madelin, who plays for AFC Wimbledon, trains at home in his back garden in London, England on May 19, as athletes across the globe have been training in isolation under strict policies in place due to the pandemic.
A member tees off at Bryn Meadows Golf Club as restrictions on playing golf in Wales have been eased slightly, in Blackwood, Wales on May 18.
The reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Piccadilly, delivers a service on Rogation Sunday via webcam to the church's congregation while the pews remain empty, in London, England on May 17.
People gather at Hyde Park Corner, defying government guidelines to protest the current situation, in London, England on May 16.
Six cruise ships, RMS Queen Mary 2, MV Aurora, MS Azura, MV Ventura, MV Arcadia and MS Queen Victoria, anchor in the bay while people enjoy the sunshine amid slightly relaxed social distancing guidelines, in Weymouth, England on May 16.
Nurses from central London hospitals protest on International Nurses Day regarding the chronic underfunding of the NHS and other issues surrounding the public health service, outside the gates of Downing Street in London, England on May 12.
Commuters use cycle lanes while travelling into the city, after the government urged people to avoid using public transport where possible having stated that those who cannot work from home, but can follow social distancing guidelines, should return to work. Pictured in London, England on May 11.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, delivering his highly-anticipated address on the government's "roadmap" out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, is displayed on a laptop and television screen in London, England on May 10. In a statement run through with caution, the prime minister encouraged a return to work for those unable to do so from home, and set out tentative plans for a return to school for some children and for the reopening of shops and some of the hospitality sector over the next two months.
Joggers run along the promenade in Eastbourne, southern England on May 9 as life in Britain continues over the May bank holiday weekend during the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Reverend Anna Rodwell prerecords a Sunday service at Ednam Parish Church in Ednam, Scotland on May 9. Churches and cathedrals across the U.K. have had to adapt to lockdown conditions by recording and live streaming services to their followers online.
A dog whose owner recently passed away arrives at South Godstone RSPCA centre in London, England on May 7. The frontline staff of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are classed as key workers and are continuing their work of rescuing and rehabilitating animals while the rest of the country remains under coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Volunteers manufacture surgical gowns, made from operating theatre drapes, for The Royal Free Hospital at WAC Arts in London, England on May 6. The surgical gowns are designed to go straight from sewing machine to a health worker’s back in a coronavirus (COVID-19) ward in a matter of hours.
Workers wearing personal protective equipment unload boxes of disposable gloves from an aircraft, after it landed its cargo of 10 million pairs of gloves at Bournemouth Airport in southern England on May 6.
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Britain could be out of lockdown and "virtually back to normal" by August, according to a former World Health Organisation expert. © Getty England's outdoor markets will be able to reopen on 1 June Professor Karol Sikora, who was director of the body's cancer programme from 1997 until 1999, has been a regular commentator on the coronavirus pandemic on Twitter.
Olympic rower Polly Swann trains at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in Edinburgh, England on May 4. The silver medallist has recently started working as a junior doctor in a Scottish hospital, having already completed her medical degree.
Staff at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company throw flowering Erysimum 'Fragrant Sunshine' plants onto a trailer, as they prepare them for composting after they were unable to be sold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, near Worcester, England on May 4.
A pedestrian in a face mask is reflected in the window of a closed shop in the borough of Newham, east London, England on May 2.
A miller wipes his hands of flour at Charlecote Mill in Warwickshire, England on April 29. A rise in the popularity of baking during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown appears to have caused many major supermarkets across the UK to suffer a shortage of flour in recent weeks. Consumers are now turning to smaller mills such as the Charlecote Mill, an 18th Century water mill in Warwickshire, who are working around the clock to fulfil a dramatic increase in orders.
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In France, the government has given the green light to the lifting of many restrictions, in particular the abolition of the limit on travel more than 100 km from his home , the reopening of high schools, coffee shops and parks. But with greater caution in Ile-de-France, Mayotte and Guyana. > The essential In France, the Ministry of Health has 28,662 deaths due to from the new coronavirus , including 18,260 patients in the hospital.
Over 125,000 birthday cards were sent to Captain Tom Moore, who raised over £30 million by walking 100 laps of his 25 metre (82 feet) garden before his 100th birthday, which were organised in the Great Hall of the temporarily-closed Bedford School in Bedford, England on April 28.
NHS workers hold a minute's silence outside the main entrance of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England on April 28. The moment of silence, commemorating the key workers who have died during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was timed to coincide with International Workers' Memorial Day. At least 90 NHS workers are reported to have died in the last month, in addition to transport employees and other key workers.
A runner passes over Tower Bridge on the course of the London Marathon, which was postponed until October to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in London, England on April 26.
Two fishermen prepare their boat before heading out to fish for Dover Sole in Leigh on Sea, England on April 24, 2020. The U.K. fishing sector has been badly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, as with restaurants closed, demand for catch has fallen and suppliers have struggled to ship abroad.
Imam Hassanat Ahmed delivers his Friday broadcast entitled 'Preparing for a Unique Ramadan' via multiple social media platforms from the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on the day before Ramadan commences in Bury, Greater Manchester, England on April 24. The mosque, like all religious venues, has been closed to worshippers during the national lockdown.
Imported automobiles sit at the docks in the shadow of wind turbines in Sheerness, England on April 23, as new car sales are down a reported 44 percent in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more. Primark is set to reopen all its stores in England on June 15, with its stores in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland expected to follow later in the month. The fashion retailer’s owner, Associated British Foods (ABF), said it expects to have 281 of its branches open by mid June, including 112 of its stores in Europe. It said it isPrimark is set to reopen all its stores in England on June 15, with its stores in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland expected to follow later in the month.
NHS nurses, surgeons, doctors and support staff help to unveil a rainbow balloon display outside the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery near Holborn in London, England on April 23 to thank the public for their support during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, is seen through his window as he takes part in the first ever virtual session of Prime Minister's Question (PMQs) at his home near Basingstoke in Hampshire, England on April 22.
Volunteers pack food into boxes for people in need at a temporary food bank at Kensington Olympia in west London, England on April 22.
Members of staff at the Vauxhall car factory in Ellesmere Port demonstrate distancing measures necessary when on a break during preparedness tests and redesign ahead of re-opening following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cheshire, England on April 17.
Two butchers wearing protective masks are pictured at David Lush Butchers in Penarth, Wales on April 16.
Mounted police patrol by the area outside the Bank of England in the capital's financial district in London on April 15. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could see the U.K. economy shrink by a record 35 percent by June.
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© AFP - NELSON ALMEIDA Residents of Sao Paulo in a shopping street, on June 10, 2020, in Brazil. The largest city in Brazil, a country where nearly 40,000 people died from the coronavirus, partially reopened its shops on Wednesday. The rules of social distancing have rarely been observed.
Bakers are seen working at The Bread Factory in London, England on April 14. During the lockdown caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the bakery-and-cafe chain says it is providing 2,400 meals per week to hospitals in neighbourhoods near some of its 50 London stores, intended for frontline NHS workers during the crisis. It also continues to operate a home delivery business and allows takeaway orders at some locations.
A man wears a religious placard on Market Street in Manchester, England on March 25.
Britain's Foreign Secretary and acting Prime Minister Dominic Raab (L) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, outside the Foreign Office in London, England on April 9.
Members of the U.K. Armed Forces work with NHS medical staff and Air Ambulance Service crews as they prepare to test the facilities in a Puma HC2 helicopter at Thruxton Aerodrome in Andover, England on April 9. The training session was arranged to ensure that frontline medical staff could integrate successfully with military aircraft as and when needed during the ongoing pandemic.
Children of key workers take part in school activities at Oldfield Brow Primary School in Altrincham, England on April 8. The government announced the closure of U.K. schools from March 20, except for the children of key workers such as NHS staff and vulnerable pupils.
A window cleaner is pictured at work as he wears a face mask in Southampton, England on April 8.
A five year old girl watches from home as Queen Elizabeth II addresses the public in a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ariccia, Italy on April 5.
Workers sell food and household items to local residents from their ice cream van at a supported housing estate in west Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 1. The pair turned their van into a mobile mini-market selling essential items to residents who are on lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Johnson says people should wear face masks in shops
Johnson says people should wear face masks in shopsAsked if he would make it compulsory to wear masks in shops, Johnson said: "Masks have a great deal of value in confined places.
Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre in London, which is being made into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital comprising two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus, on March 30.
An employee at the Royal Mint is pictured during a media opportunity as they work on the production of a medical visor at the company's plant in Pontyclun, south Wales on March 28. The Royal Mint, usually known for making coins, bullion and gifts, has turned its hand to manufacturing medical visors to supply Britain's NHS as part of the battle to stem the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
General views of British Airways planes grounded at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, England on March 28.
A ticket inspector walks through an empty train carriage as the Dartmouth Steam Railway suspends its services to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 22.
Commuters attempt to keep some distance between each other before boarding an underground train in London, England on March 18.
A man looks at an information board displaying cancelled flights after Malaysia’s government closed its borders due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on March 18.
A man and woman wear protective face masks and gloves as they cross Oxford Street in central London, England on March 17.
"Stay home" is seen on a wall in Brighton, England on March 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government's emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16.
Barnardos will be among the first to start trading, with plans to reopen 70 of its 700 UK shops in England from 8 June, with staff and volunteers restarting the previous week to begin preparations.
In line with guidance issued by the Charity Retail Association (CRA) it will be putting all new donations – from clothing to books, china and glass – into quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours to reduce the risk of contamination. Donors will be directed to ‘donation’ points, such as empty shops or warehouses, rather than just leaving goods in doorways and outside shops. All changing rooms will be closed. © Photograph: Maureen McLean/REX/Shutterstock Charities rely heavily on income from their high street retail operations.
Preparations for reopening also include hiring waste companies to deal with the donations that have piled up, unsorted, outside shops in city and town centres since lockdown.
Charities rely heavily on income from their high street and online retail operations to shore up their fundraising operations, but receipts have plummeted since the shops closed. Small regional charities with no national support network have been particularly hard hit.
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Cancer Research UK estimates the impact of coronavirus to be a 20-25% drop in its fundraising income – a shortfall of £120m. It is planning a phased reopening of its shops in England from 29 June – subject to government guidance.
Jo Mewett, head of retail for Cancer Research UK said: “We’re planning significant safety measures and putting new processes in place for receiving and handling donations. These include installing hand sanitiser stations, cough guards, contactless payment and face coverings for staff, as well as floor markings inside our larger superstores. Donated items will have a quarantine period before they are sorted to be sold in stores.”
The plan is similar at the British Heart Foundation, which has 750 UK stores as well as an online operation, and has lost around £10m a month as a result of the lockdown.
Oxfam – which is particularly under pressure – is also urging members of the public to hold on to items and donate them when its 650 shops and donation banks are open again. Last year its shops raised £1.4m a month and the organisation has reopened its online secondhand shop this week.
The blueprint from the CRA for its 400 members – which run an estimated 9,000 shops – aims to help them adhere to the physical distancing measures required by the government.
Like most retail outlets, hand sanitiser, perspex screens in front of tills, limits on the number of shoppers and contactless payment are likely to become standard measures.
Robin Osterley, chief executive of the CRA, said: “Our members are being, rightly, cautious, but they are an amazingly creative bunch and there has been a lot of very impressive forward planning.”
A national campaign being launched by the CRA and its members on social media from 8 June will encourage consumers to “be mindful” about what they donate, and urge them to contact a store to check it is open before dropping off donations.
Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.
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Johnson says people should wear face masks in shops .
Johnson says people should wear face masks in shopsAsked if he would make it compulsory to wear masks in shops, Johnson said: "Masks have a great deal of value in confined places.