FUNDRAISING NEWS: Oxfam shops offer customers chance to surf the internet

Oxfam is launching an internet cafe at one of its flagship charity shops in a bid to attract more customers and raise income.

From Saturday, the charity will offer web access and printing facilities at its Micklegate store in the centre of York. There will be 10 PC terminals alongside books and music, and Fair Trade coffee and snacks will be available.

"Books, music and internet access go together and York has a big student population, which we will be hoping to attract,

said Michael Taylor of Oxfam's business development team.

The computers will be supplied from the charity's PC recycling scheme, launched last year.

Taylor said the new facility could turn out to be more of a "business suite

than an internet cafe. "It could be used by customers, particularly students, to get items printed out rather than just for surfing the web."

Other Oxfam shops in prime locations will be following the experiment, said Taylor.

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