Hospice fears donations will drop due to national campaigns

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 May 2012

Weston Hospicecare's The Big Drop campaign.

Weston Hospicecare's The Big Drop campaign.

Weston Hospicecare

WESTON Hospicecare fear national, highly publicised campaigns will detract from the need for donations closer to home.

The charity’s shops have noticed that donations are not as regular, nor as plentiful as they have been in recent years which led them to launch their own stock donation drive The Big Drop.

With the emergence of prominent national campaigns asking the same thing of people, Weston Hospicecare fears that this will further impact the levels of donations brought into their shops.

Gill Auden, CEO at Weston Hospicecare, said: “It’s a trend we’ve been aware of for a little while and national campaigns launching have made us more aware of the need to promote our own shops and encourage our local community to support us.

“The profits from our shops are vital to fund free palliative care to those living locally and we can only make that profit with a good level of quality stock donated on a regular basis.”

To combat low levels of donations and make it as easy as possible for the local community to support the plea for shop donations the hospice is hosting The Big Drop campaign. The hospice is looking for donations of all shapes and sizes from clothes, accessories, toys, books, games and DVDs to furniture, homeware and kitchenware.

The campaign will run until Wednesday and staff are urging people to pass on unwanted items to any of the drop off sites.

These donation sites will be available at The Sovereign Shopping Centre, Asda, Brean Leisure Park, Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House hotel and spa, Worlebury Golf Club and Cheddar Garden Centre.

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