Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) charity shops have issued an urgent appeal for donations of summer clothing.
Shops across the South West have experienced a surge in demand for good quality second-hand clothing since reopening in April and are asking people to consider donating any unwanted items.
CHSW Head of Retail Chris Judd said: “We have been very busy since the easing of lockdown and while we have a great choice in store right now, we know we are going to need more summer clothing to meet the demand of the next few weeks.
“We think that because of the lockdown last summer, people didn’t refresh their wardrobe as much as normal. Then with lockdown in the early part of this year, they weren’t able to have a clear out and donate any preloved summer clothing.
If anyone has any men’s or women’s clothing they no longer wear but would like to donate, please drop it off at their local shop.
Shops are also in need of children’s toys and bric-a-brac.
“We have donation bags at the shop if needed and suggest people phone ahead if they are planning to make a special trip or donating a lot of stock,” added Chris.
Everything sold in the shops helps CHSW provide vital care to local children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The charity’s three hospices – Little Bridge House in Devon, Little Harbour in Cornwall and Charlton Farm in North Somerset – rely almost entirely on voluntary donations.
The hospices have remained open during the pandemic for emergency and end-of-life care and care teams have extended their lifeline support by visiting families in their own homes.
“Every item donated and every item sold really does make a difference,” added Chris.
“And not only is it such a great way to support such a worthwhile cause, recycling unwanted clothes is a super way to help the planet.”