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Charity’s shop appeals for donations to boost its funds
A CHARITY needs more furniture donations to sell at its shops in Swindon.
Sue Ryder Care has been running since 1953 and provides health and social care to people with complex needs and life-threatening illnesses.
Although its nearest hospice is in Reading, it heavily relies on sales from its three Swindon shops to raise money to provide valuable support to the country’s most needy people.
Retail area support manager Sandra Marshall said: “There’s now a lot of competition among charity shops to sell furniture, meaning it is getting a lot harder.
“These days people just go and sell it on eBay. But there are still people out there who don’t have time to do that and who could benefit from coming to us.
“Provided it is in relatively good condition we can come and collect it too, so we are more flexible than other charities in that respect.”
Sue Ryder welcomes donations of all kinds, including beds, sofas, tables and chairs as well as electrical goods.
Items should be in a sellable condition and be safe to use, and Sue Ryder can arrange for furniture to be spruced up before sale if necessary.
Sandra said: “We take everything – beds, sofas, tables and chairs. If it just needs a bit of TLC then we can take care of that too.”
The charity also runs a home clearance service and is part of Swindon Council’s voucher system, so those who need particular bits of furniture can visit one of the stores to find what they need.
Sandra said: “Sometimes people are moving house and can’t take their furniture with them, or sometimes they have ordered a new sofa but haven’t got rid of their old one in time and don’t know what to do with it.
“Rather than just putting it in the bin and letting it go to landfill they can bring it to us and it can go to someone who needs it.”
Sue Ryder supports people living with conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, dementia and stroke at seven specialist palliative care centres, six care centres for people with complex conditions, 15 homecare services and community-based services.
For more information, visit www.sueryder.org or call 0845 050 1953.
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