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Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Thursday, July 26, 2012
A charity shop celebrated the tireless work of two volunteers and the retirement of the store’s deputy manager.
SCOPE, in Longbridge Road, Barking held a party on July 24 to say a big thank you to Margaret Bagshaw, Betty Dooley and Janet Thomson.
Margaret, who has been a volunteer at the store for 15 years, was awarded a certificate and a set of crystal tumblers.
Asked what attracted her to SCOPE, she said: “I used to come into the store as a customer and was so impressed by the service and the atmosphere, also by what the charity stands for.”
Betty has worked at the shop for five years, and also helps out at a local soup kitchen. She was away on holiday when the bash was held, but will receive a certificate and a silver pen.
The party also celebrated the retirement of Janet, who after nearly twenty years of dedicated service has decided to step down and take care of her granddaughter Katie and granddson Harry.
Manager Barry Phillips said: “Janet has worked with four different managers but throughout this time has dedicated herself to creating a happy working atmosphere and is always warm and welcoming to new volunteers and customers. She will be sorely missed.”