Our hospice is offering a new home to Christmas presents that can’t be returned – we’re asking supporters to instead regift them to our shops and turn them into gifts of care.
Carla Siswick, Head of Retail, said: “It’s the thought that counts and by regifting through our shops we can carry that kind thought forward and turn those presents into care for local families. You can never feel guilty for regifting a present to a charity shop!”
We have 31 shops across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales and from Wednesday 27 December each shop will reopen, and welcome donations of Christmas presents that aren’t going to be put to good use.
Our hospice, which cares for people living with incurable illness, is proud to promote this sustainable scheme and will accept homewares, bric-a-brac, linen, toys and games, books, clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories.
Carla added: “Regifting is a great way to not only look after our planet, but to respect the thought that someone has put into buying you a present.”
A national survey revealed one in four of us has received an unsuitable gift at Christmas.
“It may be that someone has lost a receipt and can’t return a gift, or simply haven’t got a purpose for the present they’ve received. We’re encouraging anyone to drop by one of our shops and regift those items to us. Gifts in their original, shiny packaging sell extremely well and provide much joy to their new owners, as well as contributing to the care we can provide,” said Carla.
All the care provided by our hospice is free of charge but is not without cost. Our shoppers and donors contribute an incredible £1.5 million towards the important care and support we provide to those who need it most during the most heart-breaking of times.
“We can find a home for almost anything donated to us. If it’s an item which we think will sell well online, we’ll list it on our eBay store. From designer shoes, musical instruments, collectables to antiques – if it’s in good condition, we’ll find a new owner for it. Our eBay store will continue to be live in the run-up to New Year for anyone looking to place bids on our fantastic pre-loved treasures.
“Our loyal supporters not only support us by donating but by choosing Gift Aid we’re able to get an extra 25p for every £1 raised too,” Carla commented.
Our shops resume normal trading hours from 27 – 30 December and a select few shops will be open on New Year’s Eve from 10am – 2pm. Please call our retail office on 01743 272 082 if your local shop is not open or for any general enquiries.