Charity shop donations urgently needed as winter takes bite out of fundraising
DONATIONS to charity shops are critically low as a result of the cold snap.
The British Heart Foundation charity shop in Grimsby raises money for local heart nurses, and it is asking you to donate any unwanted items.
Staff at the shop on Victoria Street believe the sole reason why their stock levels are dramatically low is because of the snow.
Anyone can help out this winter, as the shop collects items from your door and you can donate good quality goods such as clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys and bric-a-brac.
Manager Marilyn Taylor said: "We are majorly low on stock and I believe it is because of the snow.
"People are put off from coming into the town centre to donate items over the counter.
"We post donation bags through people's doors in the Grimsby area and, on average, on one run, we pick up 70 bags – but recently, during the snow, we picked up only 30 bags.
"This is very low for us and we are in desperate need of stock to raise funds for local heart nurses.
"If you are struggling to come to the shop, we even offer a door-to-door pick up service."
Last year, the severe weather cost BHF shops across the UK more than £1 million.
Lauren Mallinson, BHF fundraising volunteer manager for North East Lincolnshire, said: "February is National Heart Month and this is a great opportunity for everyone to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them.
"By donating urgently-needed stock to our shops in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, or by committing just a few hours of your time, local people will be helping us to raise funds in order to continue saving lives."
Cleethorpes Cancer Support Shop, on Sea View Street, has experienced "ups and downs" in donations due to the weather.
Trustee David Wedlake said: "Before Christmas we were really low on donations and then since the snow we have had a varied amount given to us.
"The footfall has been low during the snow because it has put some people off from visiting the shop.
"But since Monday, when the snow began to clear, we have had more customers coming in.
"There is parking near us and we will help anyone bringing in goods from their car.
"We accept everything from bric-a-brac, clothes to any unwanted items.
"Unfortunately, we cannot accept large pieces of furniture or big electrical goods."