Oxfam gets "Freedom of the City" of Oxford
Al Kinley Editorial assistant for Oxfam's digital communications
26th Sep 2012
Oxfam is going to receive the Freedom of the City of Oxford this October. The Lord Mayor will present the Freedom of the City scroll to our Chief Executive and our Chair at a ceremony at the Town Hall.
The granting of the Freedom of the City of Oxford is awarded under two categories - persons of distinction or persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the city. Only a few people - including Sir Roger Bannister, Nelson Mandela, author Colin Dexter and Philip Pullman - have been given the award.
Oxfam has been awarded the Freedom of the City for our achievements in Oxford and across the world. Started 70 years ago to help people suffering in Greece during World War II, our head office remains in the city.
In fact, Oxfam is one of Oxford's largest employers, providing 700 local jobs. We also have lots of brilliant volunteers across the city, including the people who help run our shops - a vital source of income. There are 20 Oxfam shops across Oxfordshire, including the UK's first ever charity shop on Broad Street.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Alan Armitage, says: "Oxfam has made a huge difference to the lives of many millions of people across the world, during 70 years. We in Oxford can be very proud of the organisation's strong links with our city, and the unfailing support it has had from our citizens. This is a good time to demonstrate our appreciation by awarding Freedom of the City."
We couldn't be happier!