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MP puts in a shift at Oxfam

Richard Benyon drops in to launch new campaign

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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MP puts in a shift at Oxfam

NEWBURY MP Richard Benyon helped out at Newbury’s Oxfam shop last week to promote its Give a Shift Campaign.

The Tory MP manned the tills, served customers and helped restock shelves during his visit to the Northbrook Street, which is looking to encourage members of the public to volunteer their time.

Manager Berna Sumer said: “Mr Benyon learned the tills very quickly, served a few customers and put some books out. He was very good and we’d be happy to have him back.

“The campaign aims to raise awareness of what we do and hopefully will encourage people to come forward and get involved.”

Volunteers wishing to get involved in the anti-poverty charity can sign up for as little as four hours a week in any Oxfam shop to help serve customers, sort donations, handle social media or arrange window displays.

Anyone wanting to give a shift can pick up an application form from the Newbury store or call (01635) 40712 for more information.

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  • GreenhamPete

    12/02/2018 - 17:05

    Oh dear, that rather backfired, didn't it Mr B? Perhaps the two of you deserve each other... Benyon and Oxfam - both attempting to cover up their failings. Plenty of worthy local causes to support rather than this government funded agency, with dubious accountability.


  • EugeneStryker

    12/02/2018 - 12:12

    These stories just serve to prime us to think that Benyon is alright really. If he opens enough fetes, spends a few mornings at a charity or two it makes it easier to ignore the misery that he is and his party are heaping on great swathes of our fellow citizens. So for some balance: Changes to Universal Credit rules mean a million youngsters in poverty will miss out on free school meals. 13 million people in the UK are living in absolute poverty, whilst 14 million people are living in relative poverty. Ideologically driven austerity is linked to 120,000 excess deaths in England caused by cuts in health and social care spending. I can't fathom why Oxfam would welcome him back, since Benyon is complicit in creating much of the poverty they seek to minimise.


  • CharityiBonus

    12/02/2018 - 06:06

    It is never a good practice for government to put a lot of money to support non-profit or charity organization directly. I found that a lot of government support non-profit organizations lack the motivation to convince the general public. Let them ask for donation from public or other alternatives. Keith Lau from Charityibonus


  • Louise


    11/02/2018 - 22:10

    "Don" that's a perk for employees at a high level it appears.


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