We've been overwhelmed with generosity – and donations – after collecting from over 1,000 homes across West Yorkshire in the last few weeks.
The donations come as a huge boost, as when our shops closed at the end of March it left a huge gap in our income.
“It’s the largest donation drive we've ever seen!” said Andrea Kay, Trading Manager. “We’ve been collecting as many as 50 bags from a single house! We were worried that people would throw away their unwanted goods whilst all the charity shops were closed – so we’re overwhelmed that so many have held on to them so that they can donate them to us. All of the donations have been taken to our warehouse so that they can be quarantined – and now we have a team of volunteers sorting them all. It’s been a real team effort to manage the incredible response”.
“Our shops contribute over £500,000 to the running of the hospice every year – so we were devastated when we had to close. Like any organisation, we’re going to struggle to recuperate the losses, but these donations are a fantastic start. We simply can’t thank everybody enough.”
Today, Monday 15th June, see's the start of our phased reopening of shops.
“We’ve been working really hard to ensure our shops can safely reopen. And now, thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, we’ll be fully stocked too.”
“On average every bag of donations is worth £20, so we potentially have over £100,000 worth of donations ready to be sold. But our donations won’t be worth anything if we don’t have the customers to buy them. Everything we sell in our shops helps us to carry on supporting children with life-shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire, so we’re hopeful that our customers will be eager to return.”
For opening times and dates of all of our shops, click here.