Steam it Beat it

David Archer

David Archer sorts, steams, prices and tags the donated clothes in our Welwyn Garden City shop.

There isn’t much that David Archer doesn’t do in the Welwyn Garden City shop. He sorts the donated goods, steams clothes, prices and tags items, as well as rotating the store stock and helping out with DIY.

David, 50, came to the shop three years ago on a Jobcentre placement. He had previously been unemployed for five years and was feeling depressed and frustrated. He now volunteers five days a week. “It has really lifted my mood,” he says. “You feel like you are contributing and making a difference. No day is the same and you get the chance to develop your retail skills, as well as communicating every day with new people. It has given me a purpose in life”.

It has given me a purpose in life

David has an extra motivation for the work he does, as his father William had a heart bypass 10 years ago. The BHF has also helped David achieve an NVQ in customer service last year. 

Shop manager Lee Isaac says: “We rely on him totally. He is an extremely valued member of our team.”

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How you can help

To help us fight back against congenital heart disease, fill a bag with good-quality clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac or children’s toys and bring your bags with donations to your local BHF shop.

To take advantage of our collection service, call us on 0800 915 7000. For furniture and electrical items, visit our free collection website.

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