Godalming Town Council and Volunteers of the Godalming & Villages Community Store, located in the Wilfrid Noyce Centre, were once again delighted to welcome Sophie, The Countess of Wessex GCVO on her fourth volunteer visit to the store on Tuesday 16th March (“Trolley Tuesday”).
“Trolley Tuesday”, organised by Godalming Town Council, is the main donation day for the Community Store. When the trollies start to arrive with the bulk of Community Store donations, The Countess sets to work alongside store volunteers, helping to unload, sort and check the newly donated items before arranging them on the shelving.
On her previous visits The Countess has learned of the difficulties faced by many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the Community Store’s customers are people who would never have thought they would ever need to use a food bank or similar.
The Countess met with a few users of the Community Store and members of the public bringing in their donations on various occasions as well as working in the Store itself. The Countess has spent time chatting to and thanking volunteers and staff for their time.
One of the store volunteers said: “She was so lovely! So down to earth and friendly and really enthusiastic about the Community Store and helping people.”