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Bournemouth MP Conor Burns lends a hand to charity
HE MAY be more used to the corridors of power at Westminster than the stockroom of a Winton charity shop, but MP Conor Burns rolled up his sleeves for a good cause last week.
The politician spent a day at the Barnardo’s shop in Wimborne Road to mark the launch of the month-long Make a Difference – Get Inspired campaign led by Community Service Volunteers (CSV).
As well as serving customers from behind the till, Mr Burns helped to sort and price stock and steam the clothes donated by kind-hearted locals.
The national children’s charity hopes his involvement will encourage more people to support the shop and its fundraising efforts.
Manager Nicola Jibson, who is responsible for a team of 10 volunteers aged from 20 to 68 years old, said: “We are delighted to welcome Conor and look forward to showing some of the many tasks available to volunteers.
“We welcome people from all walks of life, from students to those who have reached retirement. It can also be the ideal route back into work after a career break.
“Volunteering is a wonderful way to make a positive contribution to society while making new friends and learning new skills.”
So far this year, volunteers have provided more than 1,500 hours of support and worked through more than 1,000 bags of donations.
The MP for Bournemouth West said: “The charity’s shops play a vitally important fundraising role so I’m pleased to show my support today and learn more about the valuable work carried out by their volunteers.”
The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, and on Sundays from 10am until 4pm, and welcomes dona-tions of good-quality clothes, books, toys, games, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and accessories.
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