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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Volunteer spirit at NCBI shop is alive and well

Sisters Zoe and Emma Poole
Sisters Zoe and Emma Poole
Front: Darerca Flynn, Anne Goodson, manager Patricia Rowlands, Eleanor Masterson and Betty Morris. Back: Mary McEvoy, area manager Majella Boland, Frances Murphy, volunteer manager Caroline Hamill, Paddy O'Sullivan, Winnie Doyle, Willie Rowlands and Pamela Poole.

Fintan Lambe

Charities such as the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) wouldn't be able to continue their work without volunteer spirit in communities across the country, and the NCBI charity shop in Gorey recently held a get-together for its dedicated volunteers.

Trish Rowlands, manager of the shop on St Michael's Road, explained that they held a coffee morning at the shop to thank the volunteer workers for their support, and to give them the chance to meet each other.

Alongside the manager and two Tus workers, there are around 14 volunteers who do shifts at the shop. 'Some have been here for up to 20 years,' said Trish, thanking them for all their work.

The shop was previously located in Market Square, and was formerly known as Mrs Quin's. It is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., and the volunteers generally work for a morning or an afternoon.

Trish said that the people of Gorey have always been very supportive of the NCBI shop, and donations of clothes, bric a brac, and small items of furniture are always welcome.

New volunteers are also very welcome to call in for an application form, or phone 087 1394342.

Gorey Guardian

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