CANCER Research UK's charity shop in Warrington has reopened as customers are urged to 'shop to save lives'.

A majority of the charity's shops, including the Sankey Street store, are now open for business, to tackle the lack of funding caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A range of safety measures have been put in place to welcome customers, allowing the charity’s life-saving work to get back on track.

These include social distancing, hand sanitiser stations, cough guards at till points, face coverings and gloves for staff and volunteers.

There will also be additional cleaning and a 72-hour quarantine period for donated items.

Warrington Guardian:

Anna Taylor, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the north west, said: "To save lives tomorrow, we need the public’s support today - so we want people to know we’re making every effort to create a safe shopping experience.

"Covid-19 has hit us hard and after three long months we’re delighted to be able to welcome new and familiar faces back through our doors again, as well as a host of new donations.

"Our shops are full of new and pre-loved items, fashion one-offs and homeware treasures, particularly after lockdown clear-outs.

"As well as being sold at bargain prices, every sale helps to fund our work.

"But right now, clinical trials are being postponed and we’re having to delay vital research.

"That’s why we’re asking our customers to do what they can.

Warrington Guardian:

"Whether they shop, donate goods or volunteer their time, all are essential to help us keep making breakthroughs for people with cancer."

For those who need to stay at home, the charity’s online stores are also up and running.

Anna added: "Covid-19 has slowed us down but we will never stop.

"With around 41,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the north west, we are absolutely determined to continue creating better cancer treatments for the future.

"Every step our scientists take towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised.

"So, with the help of shoppers across Cheshire we believe that together we will still beat cancer."