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Charity shop duo's farewell; Dedicated pair racked up 40 years of working at Barnardo's branch.

Byline: Jessica Flynn

CYNTHIA Huet and Pat Morrissey have stacked the shelves for the last time at the charity shop they have worked in for a total of 40 years.

Cynthia, branch manager at the Barnardo's Cymru shop on Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, and her stalwart deputy Pat, balanced their till and hung up their pinafores for the final time on Friday.

During her service, Cynthia says she has seen a number of changes and challenges in running one of the most profitable charity shops in Cardiff and says that without Pat's support she would not have been able to manage the business.

Whilst working in the shop, Cynthia and Pat will have sorted, hung, priced, steamed and sold more than 150,000 bags of donations and the excitement of opening and sorting those donations remains as great today as it was 20 years ago.

"We have been so lucky," said Cynthia, 64, from Roath, Cardiff, who worked at another Barnardo's charity shop before starting at the Albany Road branch with Pat when it opened in 1989.

"People have always supported us with donations and it is really unusual to be able to manage a shop without having to have stock from anywhere other than your customers and donors. It is a really exciting feeling, you just never know what you are going to find and how valuable it is going to be.

"Our customers have also been a terrific support to Barnardo's with many of them calling in the shop on a very regular basis, we have seen some of the children of our first customers, become parents and even their children continue to support Barnardo's to this day."

Pat, 68, also from Roath, said: "Whilst we are both proud of our successful shop we will be eternally grateful for our marvellous team of volunteers. "Without their support none of this would be possible - we can never thank them enough for their support, friendship and determination to make sure that we had immense amounts of fun as well as all the hard work along the way."

There are 28 Barnardo's Cymru shops across Wales with all the money raised from items sold in the charity shops go towards Barnardo's Cymru services in Wales, helping to give children and young people the best possible start in life.

Sara Gifford, sales development manager at Barnardo's, said: "It has been a real privilege to work with Cynthia and Pat. They are an amazing duo who have worked immensely hard year-in year-out, generating fabulous amounts of much needed income for Barnardo's.

"Friday was a very sad day for us all, and Cynthia and Pat go with our very best wishes for a long and happy retirement thank you both so very much for all your hard work."

If you are interested in volunteering for Barnardo's Cymru you should either telephone your local shop or visit www.barnardo's.org.uk.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 29, 2010
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