Local causes to benefit from charity’s growth
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.