Clothes gifts rise in spite of hospice’s fears

The Hospice Retail Centre in Bury with some of the donations they have received.  Left to right -  David Nunn, Darren Devine, Beth Watt, Helen Whelan, Neill Bell and Di Dingley.
The Hospice Retail Centre in Bury with some of the donations they have received. Left to right - David Nunn, Darren Devine, Beth Watt, Helen Whelan, Neill Bell and Di Dingley.
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FEARS that a new textile recycling scheme would hit charity incomes appear unfounded.

When the Suffolk Waste Partnership of councils introduced its textile scheme last month, St Nicholas Hospice Care was among the charities worried they would see donations drop.

Instead the publicity around the scheme has seen textile donations to the hospice rise by 20 per cent.

But Ian Daniels, the hospice’s head of retail said: “Think of the hospice when clearing out wardrobes. We accept everything — even if you think it belongs in a bin, please donate it.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care says reselling wearable items and recycling the worn out ones raised £500,000 last year.

Donations can be made at any hospice shop during opening hours or 24 hours a day at the Hospice Retail Centre, Boldero Road, Bury St Edmunds.