Volunteers and staff are urging locals to donate unwanted items to their Age UK charity shop in Clitheroe to help them refill empty rails and shelves, which are usually brimming with interesting finds.
Staff at the charity shop in Moor Lane, are struggling to keep up with demands of shoppers as donations of things like clothes, cookware and books have plummeted dramatically in the last three months. 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.
Speaking about the shortage of goods, Kelly said: “Our storeroom is usually piled high, but now it’s almost empty. Although this is a good thing as it means we have sold we what we had, we cannot cope with the increasing demand if nothing else comes in; we simply can’t sell fresh air! 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.”
The staff at the Age UK shop usually put 800 to 1,000 new items on display each day, but a decline in stock means that they can only manage to scrape together about 400 items at the moment.
Kelly added: “We have a lot of local supporters who donate regularly to our shop, which we are extremely grateful for, but we are still struggling! We are looking for quality items, no matter how big or small. And remember, each time you donate stock to Age UK, please Gift Aid it which gives us an extra 25p for every pound we make selling your items. Anything we cannot sell gets recycled through out recycling partnerships, so nothing goes to waste.”
For more information about products to donate, contact Kelly Prince at the charity shop in Moor Lane on 01200 442273.