A CHARITY shop is opening its doors on a Sunday in an attempt to tackle a fall in donations.
The Sue Ryder shop in Sea Road, Fulwell, has seen donation levels drop considerably in recent months, especially the amount of clothes that are being given.
The issue comes as more people take items to “cash for clothing” stores, or leave them to be collected from their doors by non-charity organisations.
Kath Morris, the shop’s assistant manager, said: “It’s difficult. We can’t dictate to people what they should do with their own possessions.
“Hopefully, with this, we’ll be able to pull at their heartstrings a little bit.
“You can see why people want to get cash for their clothes, but is it really worth it? They might get £2 for a bag of clothes from one of those shops, whereas we could make around £15 from that same bag.”
The store will open on Sunday, February 5, from 11am to 3pm, to give those who are usually busy or working throughout the week a chance to take donations there.
They can also provide Donation Stations to local businesses, which can be placed in staff rooms, receptions and other areas so staff can drop-off items at work.
Kath added: “We’re doing this as a bit of a trial run.
“Hopefully, if this is a success, then we’ll look to do it around once per month.”
The shop is accepting all types of donations, though clothing is particularly needed. People are being urged to have a post-Christmas and New Year clear-out and give what they can.
Sue Ryder provides palliative care for people suffering from long-term, life-changing illness. This includes providing care to aid the prevention and relief of, among others, cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease, as well as providing support for families and friends.
For further details contact either Jackie Laydon or Kath Morris on 548 6297.
By James Hunt