VIDEO - MP’s bid to boost volunteering

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Harrogate and Knaresborough’s MP Andrew Jones is encouraging people to get involved in voluntary work.

The MP is mid-way through his thrid annual “volunteer week” which sees him spend time helping volunteers at organisations across the Harrogate and Knaresborough area.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones talks to Scope Assistant Manager Sally Gibbins.  (121115M2)

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones talks to Scope Assistant Manager Sally Gibbins. (121115M2)

He has spent time with Follifoot Park Riding for the Disabled, presenting a show on Harrogate Hospital radio, and delivery meals with Harrogate Neighbours.

And on Thursday, he visited Knaresborough’s Scope shop to help out on the shop floor and sorting donations.

Assistant shop manager Sally Gibbins said: “He stayed for two hours and really got stuck in. He roled up his sleeves and helped sort out donations.”

The shop is always in need of donations to sell, Sally added, as well as more volunteers to man the shop.

Donors can also help by filing out Gift Aid forms when they bring goods into the shop, which lets the charity claim 25p for every pound they make by selling the goods from the government.

“Gift Aid does make a big difference, we get 25 percent more money” Sally said.

The MP is urging more people to give something back to their community by volunteering, he said.

“Another point I want to get across is that volunteering is fun. You meet lots of different people, feel like you’re putting something back, learn while you are doing, and improve the lives of those less favourable around us,” Mr Jones added.