Hang on to your charity shop donations, chiefs ask - The Evesham Observer

Hang on to your charity shop donations, chiefs ask

Evesham Editorial 17th Apr, 2020   0

THE Charity Retail Association is urging people to hold on to their donations until charity shops are able to reopen for business and to avoid leaving items outside closed shops or already full donation banks.

Many residents have taken advantage of the lockdown to do a ‘spring clearout’ which, for many, means filling bags and boxes for favourite charity shops – donations those charity shops will be reliant on when they reopen.

Robin Osterley, chief executive of the Charity Retail Association, said: “Charity shops are so grateful people are setting aside quality pre-loved items in this trying time and they will benefit greatly once the time comes for them to reopen.

“Shops are currently closed and unable to take in donations, so please don’t leave donations on doorsteps to be ruined by weather, animals, or stolen.

“Please keep them to one side and take them to your local charity shop when they reopen.”

He added: “Leaving items on the street, or beside closed clothing banks is considered fly-tipping and poses a risk to public safety.

“The overall message from the charity retail sector is that shops are extremely grateful for donations, but would like people to hold on to them until they reopen or to make direct contact with the charity they wish to donate to.”


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