Battle to save Littlehampton’s beloved store fails

Oxfam will be closing this week after almost 40 years in town
Oxfam will be closing this week after almost 40 years in town

EFFORTS to save a treasured charity shop in Littlehampton have failed, much to the disappointment of volunteers and staff.

After almost 40 years in the town, the Littlehampton branch of Oxfam is set to shut up shop for the final time this weekend, with the loss of one job and 28 voluntary roles.

It comes after dozens of people rallied over social networking to try save the Bayford Road fundraising store.

An online petition was started by Amy King on Facebook, with a letter even being written by members of the Littlehampton Traders’ Partnership to Oxfam’s head office showing their disapproval of the closure.

But neither of the efforts have stopped the charity from closing the outlet, which will be marking its final day of trading on Saturday (March 14).

Iola Davies, shop manager, was touched by all of the efforts made to try to save the site, which for the past ten years has been selling books and music to locals.

She said: “The lease was up on the shop and Oxfam decided not to renew it. This is a great disappointment to staff and all volunteers.”

However, in spite of their disappointment, the shop is hoping to go out with a bang by thanking the community for all its support over the years.

It is hosting a special open day as a way of saying goodbye.

The day will take place from 11am until 4pm. Refreshments will be available.