PEOPLE across Cumbria are being urged to sort and store donations for Cancer Research UK while lockdown continues.

The charity has temporarily closed its shops and there is no-one to accept donated items, even if they are left on the shops' doorsteps.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Cumbria, said: “Now more than ever we need the public’s help to continue our life-saving work, so we’re grateful to people who are using the extra time at home to detox their wardrobes and clear out their cupboards.

“However, we ask that they sort and store items at home ready for safer times. With around five people diagnosed with cancer every hour in the region, we remain tirelessly committed to making progress in the fight against the disease.

“This means when our shops are able to re-open, we will need vital donations.”

In the meantime, the public can still show their support by visiting Cancer Research UK’s online marketplaces eBay and Depop for pre-loved items, or the online shop for a range of gifts, as well as a Cancer Care collection for all stages of cancer treatment and recovery.

These online stores are all open and raising crucial funds.