Keech Hospice Care has noticed a spike in the number of people turning to charity shops in the hunt for a festive bargain as belts tighten across the country.
But this means stocks are now running low after a busy pre-Christmas period so the charity is asking people to take in any unwanted presents they may have received and donate them to one of the 30 Keech Hospice Care charity shops across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.
It is estimated that more than £2.4 billion worth of unwanted presents were given in 2012, with a third of these ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or loft. Philip Kojcinovic, retail Manager at Keech Hospice Care said;
“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure and something one person would never buy in a million years could be exactly what someone else has been searching for. However heavy your hints to family and friends, or instructions that they really shouldn’t get you anything this year, chances are you unwrapped at least one gift you felt you don’t know what to do with. Instead of these items growing dust, we are asking local people to think of Keech Hospice Care and donate these items to one of Keech’s 30 shops.”
“We are always in need of good quality donations such as bric a brac, clothes, books and toys at our Keech shops and all proceeds from the stores go towards helping the lives of families with loved ones living with a life limiting condition.”
Last year, the Keech Hospice Care shops managed to raise an incredible £1million for the charity, helping hundreds of local families going through an incredibly hard time.