Hospice in drive to boost charity shop donations

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Barnsley Hospice is setting up collection points at leisure centres in a drive to boost donations to its charity shops.

The charity, which treats people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses, has seen a 10 per cent drop in donations as people hang on to items in the economic downturn.

Now, to boost its stock, the hospice has teamed up with Barnsley Premier Leisure, which runs Barnsley Metrodome leisure complex, Hoyland and Royston leisure centres and the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Cudworth, to make it easier for donors to leave items for its charity shops all day on Saturday, March 17.

Dawn Charlesworth, hospice retail and fundraising manager, said: “The areas where we will be collecting don’t have hospice shops, so this is about making it convenient for residents to bring unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac.”