Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Premier League prizes help make charity shop raffle a big success

A RAFFLE with some premiership prizes has helped net £750 for Whitby's Oxfam branch.

The charity shop in New Quay Road held two raffles and a tombola last month to celebrate its second birthday. Prizes up for grabs included Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Arsenal and Liverpool FC collectors items including signed shirts and a signed picture of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as well as a host of prizes donated by local businesses.

A cake stall, toy stall and gift stall also helped swell the funds.
Manageress Margaret Humberstone said: “On the Saturday we sold loads of raffle tickets to football fans as well as others.“The interest in it was phenomenal.

They were all saying how they’d seen the article in the Gazette. “We are all absolutely delighted. All together with the stalls and raffles we raised an astounding £750.“I would like to thank all the local businesses who donated items to us.

“Without them we couldn’t have raised this amount. To the premiership teams, Liverpool, Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, a very big thank you for taking the time to donate to our charity. Their items certainly raised our profile. We can’t thank them enough.“I would also like to thank my volunteers who helped as without them it wouldn’t be possible.

”Oxfam staff are now planning a summer fair for Regatta weekend. A full list of prize winners is available in the shop .

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