CAFOD shop celebrates double milestone

'An important feature of the local community'

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.