IN these times of economic hardship, you might think that it could be difficult to persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash - even for a really good cause.
But long-serving British Heart Foundation volunteer Alan Hupton has no such problem.
For Alan, a familiar face to those who ever pass by the charity’s shop in Sutton’s Idlewells centre, has already collected around £6,500 for the BHF this year.
And this amazing amount brings the total that he has raised for the charity in the ten years that he has been a volunteer, to a staggering £43,000.
Alan (56), who has cerebral palsy, said: “I bring my wheelchair or mobility scooter out and hold my collecting tin for the public to come up. I always say ‘thank you very much for your support’.”
Alan is a dedicated volunteer and can be found at the shop helping out and collecting donations every day of the week.
To mark the milestone of his ten year’s service for the charity, a special event was organised in his honour by his colleagues at the BHF and The King and Miller pub.
The party included a buffet, a special cake and Alan was presented with a certificate, while free transport was provided by A Line taxis.
Said shop manager Julia Trolley: “We wanted to thank Alan for his support over the last ten years and we hope he does another ten!
“Volunteers like Alan are vital - we couldn’t run the shops without them.
“But we need more - we are always looking for more to do the same sort of thing Alan does and to help us get our stock in, prepared and out onto the shop floor.”
Alan said that he really enjoys volunteering and would recommend it.
“I am getting a lot of confidence out of it, a lot of pleasure out of it and a lot of success out of it,” he added.
“I am really proud of what I have done for the shop and the charity as well.”