Bluebell Wood children's hospice now offering home collection service for charity shop donations
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is now offering a home collection service for supporters who wish to donate items for sales in the charity’s shops.
After suspending donations and collections through lockdown, the charity is now booking in collection slots for items that people have kindly put to one side ready for when the shops reopen.
Retail support co-ordinator Alison Firth said: “We’ve had so many generous offers from our incredible supporters who’ve been having lockdown clear-outs.
“So, in line with the latest Government guidance, we’re very pleased to announce we’re now arranging free, safe collections.”
She added: “Donations will then be delivered to our network of charity shops, ready to go on sale when the time is right to reopen our shops. It really couldn’t be easier.
“As well as clearing some much needed space in your home, you’ll be helping some of the most vulnerable in our communities at a time when they need our support more than ever.”
The charity’s network of shops remain closed for the time being, but work is underway to reopen them safely to restart the income streams which help support 300 families across the region.
Alison said: “We’re currently working on a plan to safely reopen shops and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming all our wonderful customers back when it’s safe to do so.
“In the meantime, we’re asking people not to leave items at our shops or at the donation station at the hospice until we say otherwise.
She added: “We also want our supporters to feel as safe as possible when arranging collections, which is why we have put a series of measures to in place to maintain social distancing and minimise risk.
“The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and customers is our top priority so please rest-assured all the measures we have put in place are there to keep people safe.”
To book a free collection, which will start week commencing June 8, fill out the form at www.bluebellwood.org/pickupmystuff or call 01909 498 996 between 10am and 3pm.
All those who book collections will be asked to leave their items outside their homes, and the charity’s drivers will be wearing the correct personal protective equipment.