Fiona takes to the shop floor

November 07, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,News   |   0 Comment»

East Lothian MP Fiona O’Donnell MP left her day job behind on Friday (28 October) and took to the shop floor in a bid to encourage more people to volunteer for Barnardo’s Scotland.

Fiona rolled up her sleeves and volunteered at the Barnardo’s shop in Musselburgh as part of national Make a Difference Day.   

Fiona said:

“I was delighted to visit Barnardo’s in Musselburgh and show my support for the volunteers who are giving up their own time and making a difference in their community.  . 

“Barnardo’s encourages retail volunteers from all walks of life. For many people, volunteering can be an ideal route back into work after a career break. 

“I would encourage everyone to try it out.  Even an hour or two a week can make a huge difference!”

Make a Difference Day is on Friday 28 October 2011, but tens of thousands of would-be volunteers across the UK will be giving up their time between 22 October and 6 November in support of local charities.

Barnardo’s has more than 6,000 volunteers who work in the charity’s retail department ensuring vital funds are raised to support vulnerable children, young people and families.

Make a Difference Day is an annual event organised by UK volunteering charity, Community Service Volunteers (CSV). It encourages people to get a taster experience of volunteer work.  It is also an ideal opportunity to meet other people in your local area and make a big difference to your local community. Over 45 ministers and members of the Scottish and UK Parliament’s have signed up to the Make a Difference Day initiative by showing their commitment to volunteering with Barnardo’s Scotland. 

Musselburgh store manager, Jackie Daly said: “It’s fantastic to have our MPs support in helping us to appeal for more volunteers. We always welcome new volunteers to our friendly team. There are roles to suit all and you can do as much or as little as you can manage. If you have time on your hands and would like to get out and about, please do pop in for more information, call me on 0131 665 2744 or visit the Barnardo’s website at”



Notes to Editors

Barnardo’s Scotland works directly with more than 10,000 children, young people and their families in over 98 projects across the country. For more information about Barnardo’s Scotland visit our website at

We believe in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

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