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Oxfam taking Sudbury donations after fire

What was left of the Oxfam shop in Maket Hill, Sudbury after the devastating fire
What was left of the Oxfam shop in Maket Hill, Sudbury after the devastating fire

A charity shop destroyed in a fire in Sudbury has begun taking donations after being lent space for a drop off point and storage by local businesses.

The Oxfam store in Market Hill was burnt to the ground after a fire on September 6.

The Movie Shop on Gainsborough Street has offered its services as a temporary donation drop off point while Gainsborough’s House museum and art gallery has given the charity shop the offer of temporary storage.

Rachel Boyle, manager of the Sudbury store, said: “Oxfam Sudbury would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their messages of support after the devastating fire of September 6, which not only destroyed our shop but also, sadly, the homes of our nearest neighbours.

“Here at Oxfam Sudbury we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of everyone who donates to, or buys from, our shop.

“Just a week or two before the fire one of our supporters, a local artist, not only gave us a substantial cheque, but also donated many original artworks, and some wonderful books - one of which he was later delighted to see for sale at £200.

“We are also lucky to have a brilliant bunch of volunteers, every single one of whom helps Oxfam achieve its aim of ending poverty and suffering. We have had emails and calls from them, all keen to know how they can help until we are up and running again, once we have found new premises.

“We had, sadly, just launched our Refugee Crisis Emergency Appeal on 5 September, and know that the people of Sudbury would have been their usual incredibly generous selves during this campaign.

“We, therefore, owe it to our supporters, our volunteers, and all those who rely on Oxfam’s work to continue to do what we do best. We are very grateful to David Thompson from The Movie Shop. We can take your donations between 9am and 3.30pm.”

Anyone wishing to donate large amounts should call ahead on 01787 375809.

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