Granta Park staff have clearout for Oxfam


06-08-2010

Granta Park is participating in a scheme by a local Oxfam shop to encourage a higher quality of donations.

Staff from several companies at the science park brought donations of clothes and unwanted gifts and other items to work on 3 August, which were collected by the Oxfam shop in Burleigh Street Cambridge.

Participating companies included One Nucleus, Origin Science, PPD, TWI, and Vernalis, with more than 20 bags collected.

The scheme is the idea of shop manger Rachael Middleton who, inspired by Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas, wanted to improve the standard of donations to the store, as she explains: “We’re not suffering from a lack of donations, just a lack of quality donations, with people often using us as a free tip.

"By going out to professional people, such as those who work at Granta Park, who have a high quality of donations to give but often don’t have the time to come to the store, we have received some fantastic items, which will definitely make a huge difference to our takings over the coming weeks.”

Says Roz Bird, Granta Park’s Marketing and Asset Manager, who arranged for staff to donate: “I had an immediate and positive response to Rachael’s scheme with lots of staff here keen to donate. Everyone could see the logic of arranging a collection from work at lunch time because people don’t have the time to bring items into a shop - especially one in the centre of Cambridge. Everyone’s really delighted to do their bit.”

Rachael is hoping to find some gems among the items, such as recent finds including a Moorcroft vase that raised £850, a Josef Lorenzl bronze statue that raised £1200 and a stamp album that made £650. “It’s very exciting and intriguing when bags of donations come in. All these gems were mixed up with rubbish.”

The Oxfam store can be contacted at 20 Burleigh Street, Cambridge 01223 329841 oxfamshopf2515@oxfam.org.uk

 

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