As the UK marks Record Store Day, Oxfam says its online vinyl sales have reached a record high, raising nearly £100,000 for its work to save lives and tackle poverty in the world's poorest countries.
The charity says it has seen a 55 per cent increase in sales for records bought from the Oxfam Online Shop for 2017/18 compared to the previous year, with classic albums being the most popular choice for shoppers. The top five most searched for artists were: The Beatles; Bob Dylan; David Bowie; Pink Floyd; and Elvis.
Whilst online record sales have been booming, Oxfam says its high street shops need more donations to help meet the demand from customers.
Andrew Horton, Oxfam's Trading Director, said: "We're really grateful to the public who have kindly donated so much fantastic vinyl and helped us raise so much money for our life-saving work. Ten pounds spent on a record is enough for us to get safe, clean water to a family in a humanitarian emergency.
"But we're struggling to keep up with the level of demand, and our shops are urgently asking for donations of vinyl so they can keep raising vital funds."
The Oxfam Online Shop is the UK's biggest charity shop, offering over 150,000 unique finds, with new products being listed everyday by volunteers. There are 13,000 music products currently listed, including 7,800 records, 4,300 CDs and hundreds of cassettes as well as sheet music and musical instruments.
Last year (2017/18), Oxfam's network of high street shops sold almost £6.2 million worth of music items which equates to more than 2.8 million CDs, DVDs and records, all kindly donated by the British public.
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Notes to editors:
- Online vinyl sales for the 2017/18 financial year were £98,809 compared to £63,754 for 2016/17.
- In September 2007, Oxfam launched its online shop: www.oxfam.org.uk/shop and has seen its e-commerce business grow significantly since then. Oxfam was the first charity to sell second-hand donated goods on its own website.
- All profits from sales from Oxfam's Online Shop and high street shops support the charity's work to end the injustice of extreme poverty around the world.
· Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal - an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won't stop until we get there. Join us!
- Last year (2016/17) Oxfam responded to 31 humanitarian emergencies, providing aid to 8.6m people. This included: one million people in Yemen, providing water and giving cash or vouchers to families to enable them to buy food; life-saving assistance to 600,000 people in South Sudan, including food distributions and access to safe and clean water; reaching 365,000 people in Iraq, by providing water to entire refugee camps and surrounding towns and villages; providing water to over 400,000 people affected by drought in Ethiopia. We are providing clean water, toilets and food to
Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and have reached more than 185,000 people.