Hospice makes urgent plea for donations after decline in gifts

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STAFF at Barnsley Hospice are appealing for more unwanted goods to be given to their charity shops – after a decline in donations of almost 10 per cent.

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

Every year, the hospice needs to raise £1.9 million from supporters to stay open, with nearly £900,000 of that generated by its shops.

Dawn Charlesworth, retail services manager, said: “What we have seen is a reduction in the number of bags donated to us so far this financial year, compared with last year.

“We know 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.

“However, what we really want to do is get the word out that we really need to replenish our stocks, especially to those people out there who might not have thought of donating goods to us before.

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

Barnsley Hospice, at Gawber, provides inpatient and day care for Barnsley residents with life-threatening conditions, including cancer.

It also offers care in patients’ homes free of charge.

The hospice has seven shops in Barnsley, which sell clothes, bric-a-brac, household goods and books.

It also runs two furniture shops.

Last year, the shops raised £890,000 and clothes and fabric that could not be sold raised £90,000 after they were sold on to a rag merchant.

n For further information about the hospice, visit www.barnsleyhospice.org.uk, email enquiries@barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244244.