MP Empathy

PUBLISHED: 14:15 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

Sheila Rayner, Dan Schummann, Martha Hazelden, Lisa Hunt and Jessica-Louise Cook at the start of Viva’s open day.
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Sheila Rayner, Dan Schummann, Martha Hazelden, Lisa Hunt and Jessica-Louise Cook at the start of Viva's open day. 1809

Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, lent a helping hand in Soham on Friday as part of national Volunteers Week. Mr Paice worked at the Viva Arts and Community Group s shop in Churchgate Street at the organisation s open day. Jenny Roberts, one

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Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, lent a helping hand in Soham on Friday as part of national Volunteers' Week.

Mr Paice worked at the Viva Arts and Community Group's shop in Churchgate Street at the organisation's open day.

Jenny Roberts, one of the leaders at the group, said: "Jim Paice has always been a supporter of Viva, but for him to do something so hands-on is showing real support for our charity and for Soham as well."

Mr Paice helped staff by pricing up and selling goods.

Katie Margarson gives Sophie Lewis a face paint makeover. 	Pictures: HELEN DRAKE 1806

"It was a wonderful event," he said.

"I've supported Viva from the beginning because it does a really good job providing something very useful for young people in Soham.

"They have done a tremendous job developing young people and a number of them have gone on to further and higher education after their work with the group - when all we hear about is criticism of young people, this organisation is very important."

Volunteers' Week ran from last Thursday until yesterday (Wednesday), and is an annual celebration of the work that volunteers do for their communities. Events are held across the country to recognise, reward and recruit volunteers.

INFO: For more information about Viva's work, e-mail info@viva-youth-theatre.org.uk or contact 01353 722228.

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