A VOLUNTEER has spoken out about fears that a Keighley charity shop could be set for closure.

Mason Faulkner, a lead volunteer at Oxfam, on Low Street, Keighley, has contacted the T&A to say that staff had been told the shop would be shutting at the end of September.

He said the shop has currently been temporarily shut for ten days to undergo an audit.

Oxfam, however, has told the T&A no decision has yet been made about the shop's future.

"Our shop shutting would be a great loss to the community," said Mason. "Oxfam means a lot to the community.

"With the poverty going on at the moment, it's a shop that we need to keep open.

"Closing down a charity shop won't do anyone any good. I think we're making enough money.

"I don't think it's fair if we would lose a charity shop," said Mason, who looks after 21 volunteers.

"We've been a big help to the community," added Mason, who spoke about how the shop has been involved with local groups and schools.

"We had a group of reception children come in to learn about the shop."

But Oxfam is saying that no decision has been made on the shop's future.

A spokesperson for Oxfam said: “No decision has been made on the future of the shop. We are currently consulting with staff.

“The Oxfam network of more than 500 shops provides vital funds for our work helping people to fight poverty around the world.”

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