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Ellie Hale with Watford Footballer Kit

Watford footballer and top notch chap,Ikechi Anya, stunned staff at an Oxfam store on Chequer street, St Albans last week when he donated  a bundle of tracksuits and football boots.

Staff did not initially recognize Anya – a Scotland international with 17 caps under his belt – and it was only when he tweeted a picture  of his donation that they realised who he was.

Abi Owen, the store deputy manager, said “he just came in and said ,’I have got some stuff I do not need – do you want it?” So we just took it not realising [who he was]. The only footballer I know is David Beckham!

The donation – a selection of Scotland football track suits, football boots and shirts – went on sale yesterday via the Chequer Street Oxfam ebay page.

Abi said we are trying to [raise as] much money as we can and we think that by selling it online  [it] works better for stuff like this.

Courtesy of the Herts Advertiser 10 December 2015

Since recently graduating [2014] with a 1st class honours degree in Archaeology, Ellie Hale has been doing voluntary work in the Oxfam store

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Justine Lois Thorpe [1989 ] : local Artistic superstar.

Originally from Cornwall and from an artistic family, Justine [ class of 1989] studied Printed Textiles at Middlesex University gaining her BA (hons). After graduation she was approached by one of the UK’s top textile design studios in London where she soon established herself as one of their most prolific and successful designers.

Justine’s artistic talents span a wide range. She produces designs for both fashion and furnishing fabrics; selling worldwide in the major fashion capitals including New York, Como, Tokyo, Milan and Paris to major companies including H&M, M&S, Next, Monsoon and Laura Ashley, amongst others.

Justine has an established reputation as a professional painter and artist and her work has been exhibited at many galleries all over the UK. She regularly exhibits her work in a number of galleries and receives commissions, most notably for established interior designers and even royalty.

Justine and her work are currently [ November – December 2015]  at ‘the Barn’ at Home Farm  in Gustard Wood, Herts..