A charity shop in Clitheroe has launched an urgent appeal after donations hit an all time low.
Volunteers and members of staff are urging people to donate unwanted items to the Age UK Lancashire shop to help refill empty rails and shelves which are usually brimming with interesting finds for discerning shoppers.
We cannot cope with the increasing demand if nothing else comes in – we simply can’t sell fresh air!Shop manager
The Age UK shop manager, Kelly Price, is making a desperate plea for good quality men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, plus items like crockery, books, CDs, DVDs and other household goods.
Kelly said: “Our store room is usually piled high, but now it’s almost empty. Although this is a good thing as it means we have sold whatever we had, we cannot cope with the increasing demand if nothing else comes in – we simply can’t sell fresh air!
“Without continued donations of everything from clothing to cookware, Age UK cannot continue its vital work to help improve the lives of older people across the country.”
The staff at the Age UK shop in 16 Moor Lane usually put 800 to 1,000 new items on display each day, but a decline in stock means that they can only manage to scrape together about 400 items at the moment.
Kelly added: “We have a lot of local supporters who donate regularly to our shop which we’re extremely grateful for, but we are still struggling. We are looking for quality items, no matter how big or small.
“And remember each time you donate stock to Age UK, please Gift Aid it which gives us an extra 25p for every pound we make selling your items. Anything we cannot sell gets recycled through our recycling partnerships, so nothing goes to waste.”