Stop dumping, hospice pleads

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STAFF at St Luke’s Hospice charity shop in Crookes have made an urgent appeal for people to stop dumping unwanted items on their doorstep.

Everything from soiled mattresses to broken pieces of furniture and unwanted televisions and other electrical goods are regularly left on the forecourt of the shop, which is about to undergo a major refurbishment.

But the charity has to pay for the items to be removed, robbing the shop of valuable revenue.

“We cannot just put these items into a skip because they all need specialist removal and our most recent bill was for more than £200 – money that should be going towards patient care,” said St Luke’s Area Shops manager Chris Quinlan.

“People know they are doing wrong because these things are left when the shop is closed and most frequently overnight, even though the site is covered by CCTV.

“If any of our neighbours can help to identify the culprits we would be extremely grateful. We always welcome all genuine donations – though we do not accept electrical goods at any of our shops – and the only thing to remember is that anything that is given to us has to be fit for re-sale.”

n To check the suitability of a donation call 0114 266 9752.