Charity shops have been closed and the business of recycling preloved items has ground to a halt, but that’s all about to change thanks to a Cornish charity. As the team at Cornwall Hospice Care plan their retail revival they’re opening their first Drive Through Donation Station in Holmbush, St Austell.
“We want to provide a safe way for people to donate their preloved items without putting themselves at risk,” says Frazer Hopkins, Head of Retail at Cornwall Hospice Care. “You’ll be able to use a one way system at our furniture shop and warehouse in Daniels Lane to stop, complete your gift aid declaration, offload your donations and drive on without having to get too close to others.”
The Drive Through will open on Monday 1st June, with a second drive-up-drop-off service opening at the charity’s Truro shop in Pydar Street on Wednesday 3rd. On Friday 5th June the Bude charity shop will open for donation drop offs only. Another donation station will open at the Normandy Way, Bodmin store from Tuesday 9th June.
“We’re also going to be using our vans to provide mobile drop off points. From Monday 8th June we’ll be parking them up in key towns across Cornwall so people can hand over their donations, rather than throw the items away,” says Frazer. “We’ll be posting information on our social media channels and our website so people can find out where our vans will be on any given day. As for our charity shops, we hope to start opening some in early July, subject to government guidelines.”
Gift Aid it!
Customers who are taxpayers will also be asked to complete a Gift Aid form so the charity can claim an extra 25% from the Government on any money they make selling the donated items. “If we sell your coat for £10 we’ll actually raise £12.50 if you pay UK tax and have signed a Gift Aid form,” says Graham Clarke, Finance Director. “That’s a lot of extra money for a charity that relies on public donations to provide hospice care for terminally ill people and their carers and families.”
Frazer Hopkins again; “We have to pay to dispose of items we can’t sell so please bear this in mind. We love clothes, accessories, shoes, books, DVDs, games, kitchenware, furniture and bric-a-brac. Everything needs to be clean and ready for sale please. I’m sorry, but we can’t accept safety equipment like car seats and helmets, sharps of any kind, some electrical goods and appliances and personal hygiene items like shavers.”