Oxfam is preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of opening its first Bury St Edmunds charity shop.
On July 16 it will have a 30 per cent off day to thank customers and donors, as well as saying thank you to its volunteers. The shop has raised an estimated £2 million which Oxfam says is enough to provide safe water for two million people.
Manager Mehmet Fevzi said: “The loyalty to Oxfam here is quite touching. We have regular donors and regular customers.”
They also hope to use the anniversary to boost volunteer numbers, now they have their bigger Cornhill shop.
Mr Fevzi said: “We see ourselves as supporting volunteers. We have somebody now who is a shift supervisor here but now has a part-time job in a shop. She says she wouldn’t have had that confidence if she hadn’t had the experience here.”
Deputy manager Michael Baim said: “It looks good on their CV and we give them a reference if they need one.”
The first shop was in St John’s Street and became the Oxfam Bookshop when the main shop moved to Brentgovel Street, which is now the bookshop.
Mr Baim said: “We’ve played musical shops over the years.”