MPs belongings on sale in charity shop

Elizabeth Cassidy of Durham University Oxfam Society carries off a donation of clothes from Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods for the city Oxfam shop.
Elizabeth Cassidy of Durham University Oxfam Society carries off a donation of clothes from Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods for the city Oxfam shop.
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AN MP is backing a charity shop’s appeal for more stock.

City of Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods visited Oxfam on Elvet Bridge to donate a bin liner of all old clothes and a box of books.

“The clothes are all good quality stuff,” said Roberta. “I’m ashamed to say one or two of the things haven’t been worn.

“I found it harder sorting out the books. I kept on picking one up then putting it back, thinking I might read it again.”

Roberta decided to make a donation after speaking to the Charity Retail Association.

According to the association, charity shop popularity is at an all-time high, raising £200million for good causes each year.

Shops provide about 17,000 jobs and 180,000 volunteering opportunities.

“The association told me the shops were doing well, but were short on stock, which surprised me,” said Ms Blackman-Woods.

“Giving something to Oxfam enables them to do their good work both at home and abroad.

“I am urging everyone to think seriously about making a donation.

“Disposing of unwanted items this way is much better than throwing them away for landfill, or giving them to a commercial business for profit.”

Oxfam has two shops on Elvet Bridge, a boutique for clothes and another selling books and music, mostly vinyl records.

The shops are keen to receive good quality items for resale, but can also take old clothes.

Volunteers are also needed. Either call in or ring 384 6366.