Books lovers needed at charity shop

Oxfam volunteer Ricahrd Yorke prices up some books.
Oxfam volunteer Ricahrd Yorke prices up some books.
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BOOKS, BOOKS everywhere – a Spalding charity shop has so many it desperately needs help to price them up ready for sale.

Oxfam in Spalding’s Sheep Market can receive donations of anything up to 400 books a week, which helps it raise up to £70 a week.

But all those piles of paperbacks and hardbacks need someone who knows their autobiographies from their Mills and Boon to stick price labels on them.

Shop manager Rita Nottage said: “We are always very grateful of donations of books because they do sell so well but it does mean that we need volunteers who can spend some time getting them ready to go on the shelves.

“Recently we have lost three volunteers who did our books so we would be very interested to hear from anyone who has three or fours hours, or more, a week.

“We are always looking for volunteers.

“We have a brilliant team here who always go the extra mile if they can, but in the past few weeks we have had to close a couple of afternoons because of people being away on holiday, or having to look after children or grandchildren.”

Oxfam nationally currently has a target of £50 million to help victims of East Africa’s famine.

One of it’s primary aims is to provide water – trucking it into the huge camp in Kenya, digging underground water tanks, piping water and erecting latrines.

Betty Matthews, who is a volunteer at the Spalding shop said: “We never cease to be amazed at the donations received – could that generosity stretch a little further and provide us with two or three more volunteers.

“Just three or four hours a week would fill the void and make us so much more efficient with the donated goods people provide us with.

“No two days are ever the same – it really can be very interesting.”