The only CAFOD charity shop in the country, located in Waterloo, has marked its 25th birthday by announcing an impressive fundraising total of £750,000.
The shop, run by a team of almost 25 volunteers, received a visit from the charity's director Chris Bain and other representatives wishing to thank them for their efforts – and received in return a fresh donation in the form of a cheque for £10,000.
The money raised by the north Liverpool shop, which relies solely on the commitment of volunteers, has helped numerous CAFOD projects over the past quarter-century. The shop's director Geoff Farrell said: 'Some members felt that opening the shop was too much of a risk as any financial loss would be borne by individual members. Despite initial difficulties, this local initiative became a reality and the shop opened in June 1993. By the end of the first year, with the help of 15 volunteers, we paid in our first cheque of £22,500. Since then, we've paid in £750,000 thanks to the commitment of local Liverpool people.'
CAFOD's representative in Waterloo, Ged Edwards added: 'The local people have given fantastic support and the shop has been an important feature in the local community, providing much-needed materials in a friendly environment. This is an amazing example of a local initiative making a difference not just locally but across the world.'
Wendy Francis-Rowe, manager of the shop, is looking for more volunteers to join the team and anybody interested should call her on 0151 286 4003.