Charities Benefit from Community Shop’s Success

May 29 2018
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A thriving community shop run by volunteers has proved so successful that it’s donated money to local charities.

Oldbury on Severn Community shop and café has been running for over four years, staffed by approximately 40 local people. It’s open seven days a week and attracts cyclists and walkers. 

Part of its original aim was to be able to support good causes through financial donations.  It’s done so well this financial year that local projects have benefitted. 

A main grant of £1000 was given to the Oldbury Memorial Hall for improvements.  St Arilda’s Church, Oldbury on Severn School, the Great Western Air Ambulance, and SARA (Severn Area Search and Rescue Association) were all given between £400 and £600. 

Four other projects were allocated between £100 and £400. They were 4ward magazine, Beehive Baby & Toddler Group, and Thornbury Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Vice Chair of the shop, Chris Awde, says; “The Shop has not only provided a much-missed local service for the local Parish but has also brought the whole community together and there is a great spirit of friendship”. 

He continued; “We are very proud to be able to donate the above sums, however it’s only been possible through the hard work and dedication of all our shop volunteers and the continued support of our members and our many customers.  We hope the shop continues to go from strength to strength and that this time next year we will find ourselves in a position to make further donations.” 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Chris on 01454 418619.