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Charity shop marks milestone
Published 09/04/13



THE Helen and Douglas House charity shop in Henley celebrated its fifth birthday on Monday.

Volunteers at the branch in Duke Street lit five candles on a chocolate cake to mark the occasion and decorated the store with balloons which they then gave out to customers’ children.

The shop is one of 35 which raise funds for the hospice in Oxford.

The Henley branch has 36 volunteers, 10 of whom have been working there since it opened.

When the charity celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, the team visited the hospice to meet the founder Sister Frances Dominica.

Jean Hugill, who has managed the shop since 2010, said: “My job has been really easy thanks to my volunteers. They’ve been extremely helpful and willing to come in at any time or help new volunteers fit in as part of the team.”

Volunteer Gay Peel, 66, of Badgemore, Henley, said: “I started here because I wanted to do something for the community.

“There are a lot of charity shops in Henley but this one means a lot to people because it benefits a local cause.

“It makes a big difference when you’re helping people who you might know or even bump into in the street.

“Another good thing is that we all get the chance to visit the hospice and see the amazing work it does.”

Helen and Douglas House cares for children and adults under 35 with terminal and life-shortening illnesses. It costs £5 million a year to run, more than 80 per cent of which is funded by donations.


Published 09/04/13

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