Lo­cal causes to ben­e­fit from char­ity’s growth

The Oban Times - - News -

THE OBAN Com­mu­nity Char­ity Shop has ex­tended into an adjacent shop, al­low­ing it to carry more stock and raise even more cash for lo­cal causes.

The shop on the North Pier, known lo­cally as the White Build­ing, has been used by McQueen Broth­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust since 2009. The trust moved into the build­ing next door last Wed­nes­day.

Robin Mac­Queen, one of the trus­tees, said: ‘The build­ing was be­ing used as a site of­fice dur­ing the Mòd. All the work to get it up to a use­able stan­dard was done vol­un­tar­ily. All our shop staff are vol­un­teers, so apart from our run­ning costs, all the money raised stays in the com­mu­nity.’

Around 30 peo­ple give up their time to keep the shop go­ing from Mon­day to Satur­day, from 10am to 4pm, with quar­terly com­mit­tee meet­ings held to de­cide where do­na­tions will go, based on re­quests from lo­cal causes.

Mary Tin­dall, who be­gan vol­un­teer­ing six years ago, said: ‘Most of us have been here since we first opened.

‘We mainly worked to­gether at the Mòd and knew each other.

‘The guys at the top let us get on with it, which is good, and the scenery look­ing out onto the bay is bril­liant.’

Frank Wal­ton, who is also a trus­tee, said: ‘It’s good be­cause it saves things go­ing to land­fill, and gives peo­ple the chance to do­nate and things to be reused.

‘All the money goes into the lo­cal econ­omy, and it’s amaz­ing how of­ten some­one will buy some­thing like a couch, then when they are fin­ished with it, will do­nate it back to the shop and it gets sold again, maybe an­other two or three times.’

Robin added: ‘The com­mit­tee for the Oban Mòd had to raise £ 50,000 and the trust man­aged to pro­vide around £28,000 of it, which was great for us and them.’

Gra­ham Mac­Queen, also a trus­tee, said: ‘For the past few years, Oban and dis­trict has ben­e­fited hugely from the Mac­Queen Broth­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust. Each year, many thou­sands of pounds are dis­trib­uted lo­cally to de­serv­ing good causes.

The trust de­pends on a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions and supporters to en­able it to plough al­most all the money it raises back into the com­mu­nity.

‘Chief among th­ese is the fact that suit­able premises are avail­able to us. On be­half of all the trus­tees, I have to thank most sin­cerely Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port by al­low­ing us the use of the White Build­ing.

‘Premises on their own would be of no use, and the trus­tees give a heart­felt thanks to all the vol­un­teers who man the store ev­ery day, giv­ing their time so freely and gen­er­ously – the trust could not func­tion with­out them.’

Gra­ham also thanked the pub­lic for all the do­na­tions re­ceived over the years, as well as cash do­na­tions and peo­ple buy­ing items for sale.

BIG­GER AND BET­TER: Trus­tees and vol­un­teers out­side the newly ex­tended shop.

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