Duo celebrate 50 years service

Marion Onslow (left) and Elaine Heartfield at the Children's Society shop in Chorley after clocking up 25 years

Marion Onslow (left) and Elaine Heartfield at the Children's Society shop in Chorley after clocking up 25 years

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Two dedicated volunteers have clocked up half a century of loyal service at a Chorley charity shop which has reached its 25th anniversary.

Marion Onslow and Elaine Heartfield, both from Chorley, have given up their free time for The Children’s Society charity shop, now based in Market Walk Shopping Centre, since it first opened its original shop in Chapel Street, just over 25 years ago.

It was via their local churches, All Saints and St George’s in Chorley, that the two ladies heard about the new charity shop opening in their area which needed some support.

For Elaine, 67, a mother-of-four and grandmother-of-eight, it was very much a family affair because her mother Marie Barraclough also volunteered for the shop and she remembers how much she enjoyed it.

Elaine said: “I remember my mum being really excited when it was the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday and she was helping the other volunteers to do the shop up to celebrate. I went in to see her and they were all so happy, like one big family all celebrating together and having a laugh.

“I would always work every fourth Saturday because I was working and had small children and I still do that shift now but because I am retired I also do every Tuesday afternoon too.

“My mum used to have a business of her own until she retired, she had a children’s clothing shop, so they used to get her to do all the pricing because they knew she knew what she was doing.”

Elaine spends most of her volunteer time working on the shop floor helping customers and is a passionate supporter of the charity just like her late mother was.

To contact the shop call 01257 264501.