Urging people to support local charities
Today I visited Scope’s shop in Goodramgate to meet staff and volunteers and to promote the charity. I met Scope’s Parliamentary Officer, Elliot Dunster; Area Manager, Jayne Edwards; and Shop Manager, Sam Holland to learn more about the work of the charity and to support the Charity Retail Association’s Choosing Charity Shops Campaign.
Scope is one of the charities which will benefit from the nationwide campaign which runs from 14-19 May and which seeks to encourage more people to donate directly to their local charity shops.
Over half the charity shops in the UK are participating in the Choose Charity Shops campaign, including Scope, Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sue Ryder, YMCA, Shelter and the Red Cross. There are also a host of smaller charities, including those run by hospices and other regional charities. Members of the public are being asked to donate unwanted items directly to the charity shop of their choice during the campaign week and then pledge to continue donating to charity shops for the forthcoming year. Charities depend on donations and it is a matter of great concern if they do not have enough items to sell.
Many charities have had their funding cut or withdrawn because of the spending squeeze by central Government. This has happened at a time when many of them are facing increasing demand for their services. Most charities are short of money and they depend on members of the public donating cash or good quality items which they can sell in their shops. Lots of people have clothes which they do not wear or they have unwanted gifts which do not see the light of day. A bag of unwanted clothes can be worth about £20 to a charity such as Scope and this can pay for valuable services for people in need.
I hope everyone who reads this will spend an hour going through their wardrobes or their bottom drawers. This is a win-win situation because people can recycle their unwanted goods whilst raising money for their favourite charity at the same time.