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Oxfam marks 30 years in city

Front, from left, the Mayoress and Mayor of Ripon and Oxfam shop manager Karyn Burnham with volunteers. (S)

Front, from left, the Mayoress and Mayor of Ripon and Oxfam shop manager Karyn Burnham with volunteers. (S)

The Oxfam shop in Ripon has celebrated its 30th anniversary in the city with a gathering attended by the Mayor of Ripon at its Fishergate premises.

He was joined at the shop – which has been based in the heart of the city since it opened in 1984 – by his wife, Mayoress Gill Stanley.

As a former volunteer at the shop the Mayoressjoined her husband for the event to help mark the occasion and celebrate the important role the Oxfam shop has played in the town.

Shop manager Karyn Burnham said: “I want to thank the people of Ripon for their support, both as donors and customers. Oxfam couldn’t have achieved this success without them.”

Many staff and volunteers have been involved over the years and the goal has remained constant – to raise money to help overcome poverty and suffering.

Over the past 30 years, Oxfam Ripon has raised well in excess of £750,000.

That is enough money to provide funding to construct 450 wells, 80 classrooms or supply teaching materials to more than 56,000 schools.

Karyn was also keen to thank the team of volunteers who keep the shop running smoothly.

“Our team are invaluable,” she said. “Their enthusiasm and commitment makes a difference to many lives around the world.”

The Oxfam Ripon shop is now looking to open on Sundays and is eager to recruit some fresh new faces to join the team. If you’d like to join and give a few hours to help out in the shop, visit Oxfam Ripon on 12 Fishergate or give staff a call on 01765 601441.

 

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