AN animal charity has appealed for more volunteers to help it.
The People's Dispensary For Sick Animals hopes to recruit an extra 2,000 people to work in its 179 fundraising shops this year.
Volunteers get involved in all aspects of the shop, from serving customers and creating window displays to sorting out second-hand clothes and items given by well-wishers.
About 125 volunteer hours are needed to run each shop for one week.
The plea for volunteers has been backed by Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts in ITV's Coronation Street.
Sue, a staunch supporter of the charity, said: "The PDSA needs extra volunteers to ensure the network of shops continues to be the success it is today.
"Whether you have two or 20 hours to spare, please volunteer and help make 2005 the best year yet for the PDSA."
She said volunteers would meet new friends and training would be given.
Phone the PDSA national volunteering centre on freephone 0800 854 194.