NOT only raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care through his upcoming London Marathon endeavour, MP Alun Cairns has helped out by working in a charity shop for the day.

Mr Cairns spent the day pricing items, sorting through donations, and manning the till in the Marie Curie shop on Holton Road, Barry.

Marie Curie is one of two charities being supported by Mr Cairns when he runs the marathon, the other being dementia respite centre Ty Hapus.

Both are causes close to the MP's heart, having seen members of his family affected by both cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Mr Cairns was put to work in the Holton Road charity shop by Marie Curie fundraising officer Susan Borges and shop manager Dawn Parsons.

He said: "I'm looking forward to meeting the people who come to shop and use this important service and get a better understanding of the work done by volunteers.

"They raise huge amounts of money to support local families who are in very difficult circumstances.

"Marie Curie do a very, very good job. I know that the support that my family received was invaluable."