Linlithgow MP Michael Connarty opens Oxfam’s first-ever shop in West Lothian


Linlithgow MP Michael Connarty officially opened Oxfam’s first-ever shop in Linlithgow on Saturday, August 27.

Located at number 98 High Street, the store is something of a one-stop-shop, stocking everything from womenswear, menswear and kids’ clothes, to books, music and homewares.

All the money raised in Oxfam shops is used to fund the vital work the organisation carries out both here in the UK and overseas, so this latest addition to the high street will help make a real difference to the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Michael Connarty, MP for Linlithgow, who opened the shop, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to open this brand new Oxfam shop in Linlithgow, the first in West Lothian, and indeed in my constituency. I have always admired the work done by Oxfam in the face of tragedies throughout the world so the shop will be raising money for a great cause. I know there are many caring people in Linlithgow and adjacent communities who will support the shop and the work of Oxfam even as times are tougher at home. Even the simple act of donating rather than dumping pre-read books or unwanted clothes will help make a difference to the lives of people facing disasters and living in the deepest poverty and deprivation.”

Corinna McGaw, Oxfam’s Linlithgow shop manager, said:

“It is great to finally be open for business, as we have some great things on offer – not just clothes, but books, music and homewares too.

“Donations are what will keep us going though, so if you’re in the middle of having a clear out, we’d be delighted if there was anything you felt you could give us. 

“It might be a jumper you bought but have never worn, a book you know you’ll never read again, or some music by a band that you’ve gone off completely – whatever it happens to be, and even if it’s just one item rather than a whole bag of stuff, it’d be lovely to see you if you wanted to pop in.”

There are plenty of other ways to get involved and help Oxfam in its fight against poverty. For example, Linlithgow is home to Oxfam’s longest running supporter group in Scotland, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year.

The group campaigns and fundraises for Oxfam and there is a corner in the shop dedicated to providing information about how to join, as well as news and updates about their activities.

Oxfam is also always looking for people to volunteer in its shops, at festivals or at events. You can visit the Oxfam website to find out more about the opportunities available www.oxfam.org.uk/volunteering or pop into the new shop and ask to speak to Corrina.

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