‘Give us unwanted clothing’

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Staff at Barnsley Hospice are appealing for unwanted goods for their charity shops, after a 10 per cent decline in donations.

Between April and December 2011 30,955 bag loads of goods were donated, compared with 34,280 over the same period in 2010.

The hospice relies on the £900,000 generated by its shops each year, and fears a lack of stock could hit takings.

Retail services manager Dawn Charlesworth said: “We know that a lot of our regular supporters are tightening their belts due to the tough economic times and they’re perhaps hanging on to clothes and household goods longer than they might have in the past.

“We really need to replenish our stocks, especially to those people who might not have thought of donating goods to us before.

“All the money spent in our hospice shops helps people at a time in their lives when they need it the most.”

Items can be donated at any of the shops between 9am and 4pm or left in the shed at the back of the hospice.

Collections can be arranged for large donations by calling 01226 244244.