A couple who have dedicated a combined total of 21 years to a cause that helps people in the third world are retiring from their work at a charity shop in Market Harborough.
A farewell party for Roger and Kate Mason who have worked at the Oxfam shop in High Street, Harborough, since 2002, was held at the weekend.
Mr Mason was the manager at the store and his wife Mrs Mason was the deputy.
They have now retired from their charity work to move to the West Midlands.
Mr Mason will be returning to his career as an engineer with Jaguar Land Rover.
Mrs Mason said: “We are sad to be leaving. It had been a long association that has involved all the family. Running a shop like this is more a way of life than a job, but we need a change and the shop will benefit from fresh eyes.”
The couple held a celebration of their time at the store at The Three Swans Hotel in Harborough on Saturday to thank all their volunteers past and present.
Mr Mason said: “We have had fantastic support from the local community over the years. Never more so than following the tsunami in 2004 which saw £9,000 donated in just one day. That is a measure of the support we get from donors, customers and most importantly our amazing volunteer team.”
Gordon Birch, of Harborough, a volunteer at the store, said: “They have been really good bosses and very thoughtful and caring to the volunteers here. We have all felt appreciated.
“Although unpaid, our work has always been appreciated.
“Over the years the Masons have transformed the shop between them.
“It has been a pleasant environment to work in and we are going to miss them.”