Shop window contest winners

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The oldest charity shop in Wetherby has been declared the winner of Wetherby Area Soroptimist Christmas Charity Shop Window Competition.

Cheshire Homes Charity shop in Wharfedale House only has a small window but volunteers Ann Herbert and Eileen Johnson dressed it to capture the Spirit of Christmas when the judging took place..

This is the first time Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District have judged the Charity shop windows in Wetherby after widening their search to reflect the areas where their members live.

President Sue Williams was delighted to present the certificate at Wetherby Town Hall recently to Volunteer Coordinator Maureen Asquith and Ann Herbert and Eileen Johnson.

The Cheshire Homes charity shop has a long history of supporting the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity and relies solely on volunteers.

Maureen said: “Our wonderful volunteers have made us very proud this Christmas with their skills in decorating the window and been chosen as the winner in Wetherby.

“We rely on our volunteers but our numbers are much reduced. If anyone can spare four hours a week to help raise funds for our disabled and elderly residents then please contact me at 01937 585667 or email

“The funds raised really make a difference to our residents and in return we offer a fulfilling role and new friends.”