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Interserve Shop Challenge


“The Charity Shop Challenge allowed Interserve to focus our efforts on a great was a tough day but the whole team rose to the occasion, lost all their inhibitions and worked tirelessly to make the day both great fun and a real success.  And to see all the hard work being rewarded as the total value increased during the day made us all feel unbelievably proud.”


We have a growing team of fantastic volunteers who support us but we are always in need of more. There are a number of ways in which volunteers can support us both regularly and on a one-off basis to make a real difference.

Here are some examples of what our wonderful volunteers have been helping to do recently;

  • A 54 strong team of staff from IMI Cornelius came and spent half a day clearing out our Warehouse in Abingdon. They helped throw away damaged goods and moved and sorted through items of furniture for redistribution to our shops.
  • Staff from Oxera put their thinking caps on when they took part in a Dragon's Den-style Team Away Day at the hospice recently. On the day, Oxera staff pitched their best fundraising ideas to the ‘dragons’ to win the investment needed to bring their concept to life. The winning idea was a cookbook featuring recipes of guests, families and staff from Helen & Douglas House. Since the launch of the book, Oxera have managed to raise an incredible £8,700 through book sales and other fundraising activities including a coffee morning and an auction at the North Oxford Golf Club.
  • 13 BDO volunteers took part in our 'Furniture Fiesta' deco-patching old furniture that had been donated to our charity shops. After the two days, the finished products ended up having a retail value of more than £1,000!
  • PPC Worldwide staff spent half a day on a variety of projects in October including giving training sessions to members of the team in both I.T and Marketing. Everyone involved found the skill sharing to be very beneficial to them and this would have undoubtedly helped save the charity time and money.

For further details of our current Corporate volunteering projects & how to get involved on a individual basis, please contact Hayley, in our retail team.

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