Donations of pre-love goods return to hospice shops

October 2020


Supporters of a local charity will once again be able to donate goods directly to some of their shops as of today.

From Thursday 1 October, six Prospect Hospice charity shops will be able to accept donations in store for the first time since they closed for lockdown back in March.

Those wishing to donate will need to call ahead to book an appointment and donations at this time will be limited to up to three bags per person to ensure shops have enough space to store items for their quarantine period before sorting them and getting them out on the shelves.

Victoria Canavan, head of retail at Prospect Hospice, said: “Since our shops started to re-open back in July, we’ve seen a huge amount of support from local people shopping with us to support end of life care in the community. Because of this, we desperately need more good quality stock to sell to our customers to help raise vital funds for the hospice.

“With items needing to be stored in quarantine before they are sorted, this has dramatically reduced the amount of space we have to sort our donations and impacted on the time it takes us to get our donations out to shops for sale, therefore we’d really appreciate all those who have been keeping hold of their pre-loved goods for us to come and see us with their items now we’re in a position to be able to accept these again.”

In order to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, donors and customers, those wishing to donate will also be asked to complete a short Covid-19 survey over the phone when they book their donation appointment.

The Prospect Hospice shops able to take donations from today are: Books and media on Commercial Road, Swindon, Cricklade, Highworth, Pewsey, Royal Wootton Basset and the Wroughton shop – the distribution centre remains closed for donations at this time.

To find out more about the items the hospice is looking for at the moment, and to book your appointment directly with each shop, click here.

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