Volunteers and staff at a Clitheroe charity shop are appealing to local residents to donate unwanted items.
Age UK in Moor Lane, is urging local folk to help refill empty rails and shelves which are usually brimming with interesting finds.
Volunteers at the shop are struggling to keep up with the demands of shoppers as donations of items like clothes, cookware and books have plummeted dramatically in the last three months.
Shop manager, Kelly Prince, is making a desperate plea for good quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, plus items like crockery, books, CDs and DVDs.
She said: “Our store room is usually piled high with items, but now it’s almost empty. Although this is a good thing as it means we have sold what we had, we cannot cope with the increasing demand if nothing else comes in. Without continued donations of everything from clothing to cookware, Age UK cannot continue its vital work to help improve the lives of older people across the country.”
Staff at Clitheroe’s Age UK usually put 700 new items on display each week, but a recent decline in stock means that they can only to scrape together about 400 items each week. “We have a lot of local supporters who donate regularly to our shop which we are extremely grateful for, but we are still struggling,” explained Kelly. “We are looking for quality items, no matter how big or small. And remember, each time you donate, please Gift Aid it which gives us an extra 25p for every pound we make selling your items.”