It’s had a great journey but after five years BYHP’s On a Roll project closes it doors for the final time today (Friday).
The shop on Church Lane has provided tasty lunches and buffets for hundreds of people in the town over the years and has also helped many young people who have come through their doors to get work experience and life skills.
After being unsuccessful in its latest bid for lottery funding the venture will now close but volunteers at the popular charity have said they are holding their heads high.
Sherri Reynolds has been at the shop since it opened five years ago. She said: “It is really sad to be closing but we have done what we set out to do. We have worked and helped the young people of Banbury and feel really proud of what we have achieved.
“It is seeing the change in these young people who come through our doors not being able to speak to anyone and at the end they can hold a conversation. It is a massive change in confidence and when they come back needing a reference it is brilliant.”
Rob Wyeth also works at the On a Roll shop and added: “The support we have had from the town has been overwhelming. Businesses and many people have helped and supported us so we are really grateful to everyone.”
The charity in Chandos Close is still very much flourishing as it continues to help young and homeless people in Banbury. They recently held their successful Big Lunch event earlier this month which brought together the whole community.
For more information about their work visit www.byhp.org.uk
Click on the video above to watch a message of thanks from Simon Smith, finance director at BYHP.