It must be Christmas when the annual Christmas shop window competition takes place. Harrogate and District Soroptimists are once again delighted to organise the Charity Shop Window Competition; it was great to see so many shops getting involved. There were some super displays that really demonstrated innovation, impact and the spirit of Christmas. The judges were impressed in the time, effort and thoughtfulness that had gone into many of the windows. The winners were invited to the Harrogate Borough Mayor’s parlour in Harrogate on the 29th November to receive their certificates. The overall winner, Saint Michael’s Starbeck also received the Soroptimist International Shop Window Cup from President Pat Shore and the Cllr Nick Brown, the Mayor of Harrogate. The charity shops are one of the main sources of income for the charities they represent. They rely on volunteers. Kim, the manager of St Michael’s Hospice commented that, ‘the volunteer staff will be so delighted – it helps recognise what they do’.
Harrogate winner Shelter
Highly commended Save the Children & Saint Michael’s Hospice Bilton
Knaresborough and Starbeck winner Saint Michael’s Hospice, Starbeck
Highly commended Oxfam, Knaresborough
Ripon and Boroughbridge winner Saint Michael’s Hospice, Ripon
Highly commended Oxfam, Boroughbridge & Leonard Cheshire Homes, Boroughbridge
Overall winner Saint Michael’s Hospice, Starbeck