Stephen Williams MP - working hard for Bristol West

Stephen Williams MP takes part in Make a Difference Day

3.37.52pm GMT Mon 31st Oct 2005

Stephen Williams MP serving a customer in Oxfam bookshop (photography: Tim Pollard)

Stephen Williams MP spent a morning working at the Oxfam bookshop at the top of Park Street on Saturday 29th October as part of Make a Difference Day, which was organised to highlight National Volunteer Week.

Stephen said "The day was good fun and quite therapeutic. Some of the customers did a double take on seeing me at the till! I really enjoyed spending the morning seeing how volunteers can help out at Oxfam at first hand. They play a vital part in giving the national charity the resources it needs to fight poverty worldwide.

"There are many important works which only come about because of the generosity of volunteers. We can all help out our local community in some way or another, so whatever your skills or interests I'd encourage everyone to get involved and find a voluntary organisation they can support.

Stephen Williams MP with Oxfam assistant manager Liz Bennett (photography: Tim Pollard)

Stephen Williams MP, behind the till with Oxfam shop assistant manager Liz Bennett

"Government often does not realise how much money they save from people giving their services for free. National Volunteer Week at least helps to acknowledge their invaluable contribution to society," he added.

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