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Luen’s blog: Making good use of the things you donate

We are about to formally open our new donation centre which will support our network of 13 charity shops and eBay store, all working hard to generate vital income to support our charitable work across West Yorkshire from our hospice, Russell House. 

You can donate all sorts of things via the centre: furniture, clothes, toys, books, shoes, bags, homeware and electrical goods. In fact on average, every bag of goods donated in worth about £20 of stock to sell in our shops. And it’s really easy to donate too – the donation centre is easy to get to and open on Sundays and after work on Thursdays and Fridays.

But that isn’t the only good news. Donating your unwanted things can also help save tons of unwanted stuff from going to landfill which is great news for the environment. Plus, charity shops help reduce the amount of landfill tax councils have to pay for every tonne of waste they put in the ground. These savings can be re-invested into services for local residents instead.

So it’s a real win–win-win. Clear out your clutter, support your local children’s hospice, while also doing your bit for the environment too. 

Oh, and did I say we can maximise your donation by applying gift aid if you are a tax payer? That means for every £1 we’re able to sell your donations for, we can raise an extra 25p at no extra cost to you or the customer who buys your stuff!

Our new donation centre is just one example of how we’re working at the centre of our community. But as ever, we need our community behind us to make it a success. We need your help with donations, with volunteering and with promotion. Making this work is another way to help us keep our hospice doors open to all of those children and families who desperately need our services.

Thank you.