A woman from Chorley has spoken of the rewards of volunteering which she said helped her after the devastating blow of losing her husband.

When Teresa Gilliland’s husband Howard died after she had nursed him through cancer for 18 months she said she was left with an empty space in her life.

One day she was in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity shop in Market Walk where she started chatting to the staff about volunteering.

Six months later, Teresa, who lives in Brinscall, firmly believes the part-time unpaid job has given her a new lease of life.

Now she is joining in the call for more volunteers to help in the Chorley shop.

Teresa spent more than 20 years as a nursing assistant and ended her working life with a 10-year spell running the canteen at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

When Howard fell ill with prostate cancer a couple of years ago she cared for him at home until his death last July.

She said: “After being so busy nursing him for so long, when he died I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Now Teresa works three mornings a week at the BHF shop. “It is a very good cause,” she said. “It has certainly helped me gain a lot of confidence and I have met a great bunch of people.”

For more on volunteering for BHF, visit the shop in Market Walk, Chorley.