Jumble Sale Raises Enough Money to Take Ukrainian Families on Seaside Trip

Shoppers were keen to get their hands on a bargain at the MotherSisterDaughter Jumble Sale on Saturday at Trinity Hall in Harpsden Road with a long queue forming outside an hour before the doors opened at 11am.

MotherSisterDaughter are a not-for-profit organisation who support families fleeing from the war in Ukraine and living in Henley and the surrounding villages.

This is the second Jumble Sale they have organised and the money from this one will allow the families to go on a day trip by coach to the seaside this summer.

People were mainly there to buy clothes but there was a bric-a-brac stall, a raffle and a tombola to also raise money for the cause.

Gemma from MSD said, “We raised a whopping £1600 which is incredible and we beat our previous target which is amazing. Everyone had a brilliant time and commented on how lovely it was to be at a ‘proper old fashioned jumble sale’!  We noticed the main demand was for clothing and people went home laden with bags of jumble and our wonderful preloved/nearly new bargains. We had some people queuing an hour before we opened and as people came into the hall they seemed to know exactly what they wanted and it was the clothes.

“On discussion at our meeting afterwards with all of our fabulous volunteers we concluded that a lot of the day’s success is sadly a sign of the times, in that people are struggling. Everyone is having to tighten their belts and so being able to get some amazing bargains for 50p a time really was a lovely shopping experience for people. I think also people are far more environmentally aware now and are waking up to making conscious decisions about how they spend their money, and so buying second  hand no longer has the stigma it might have once had. We owe a huge thank you to all our wonderful donators and continued supports of what we do.”

“As always we sort all of our donations and make sure they are good quality and in a decent condition for our ladies and families. Once they have had access to the clothes for a few weeks and taken what they want, we then bag it up for jumble with any other out of season clothes. This enables us to turn it into cash so that we can support them in other ways.”

“We are close to finalising our day trip now and we continue to hold weekly art sessions at our coffee mornings which our ladies thoroughly enjoy and is definitely helping with mental health and well-being, giving them a way to express some emotions and feelings that they can’t quite process, explain or translate on some days.”

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers without whom this whole machine would not be possible; you hear a lot from me and my name gets mentioned a lot but I really do very little! Our fabulous volunteers are the life blood of MotherSisterDaughter and it really wouldn’t exist without their relentless dedication and hard work. Special thanks goes to Gaynor Peel, Vicki Smith, Iona Hoyle and Dave Eggleton and the fabulous gang of volunteers that rock up to help when we put the call out.

“We are hoping to do another jumble later in the year so please follow our Facebook page or register on the website for more details on how you can help and get involved.”

Our Editor Michaela Clarke bought two jackets from the ‘Designer Rail’.  She said, “I got two lovely jackets, one was a Jacques Vert which would have cost at least £100 or more new and I got it for just £10.  I’m looking forward to wearing them to the summer Henley events. It was great to see so many people supporting this event which in turn is helping those in need who have fled their homes.”

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