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Wrap up the season of giving by donating unwanted gifts

After a festive period full of food, family, friends and merriment, the time has finally come to return to reality. The ‘season of giving’ has come to an end and whilst most of the gifts we receive over the Christmas period are truly treasured, there’s always that odd present that just isn’t quite ‘you’.

A recent YouGov poll found that 57% of those who celebrate Christmas receive at least one unwanted gift per year. The tendency is often to hide these gifts away never to be seen again, with another recent study finding that a third of Brits admit to keeping unwanted Christmas gifts unused or unworn in the cupboards at home. But this year, why not re-gift them to our charity shops and make a real difference instead?

We are appealing to our local community to donate any unwanted gifts to be sold in one of our 16 charity shops across West Sussex and East Surrey and help us raise funds to care for local terminally ill people. We would be delighted to accept a whole range of items including clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, bric-a-brac, toys and games, and even furniture which can be collected free of charge for our House and Home Store in Crawley. You can find out more about the items you can and can’t donate to our shops here.

Wayne Stepney, Retail Development Manager, said: “You may have received a gift this Christmas that isn’t quite right for you, but it could be perfect for somebody else in our local community. We would be very grateful for donations of any unwanted gifts to our charity shops to help us raise the funds to continue delivering our care, so that no one in our community has to face death and loss alone.”

Our hospice shops across West Sussex and East Surrey are hugely important to the work that we do, and last year brought in more than £1.6m; money that will help us deliver vital care and support to local people.

By donating your good quality unwanted items to your nearest St Catherine’s shop, you’ll be helping us reach even more people in your local community when they need us the most; from those patients with a terminal illness that need our specialised care, to their loved ones who benefit from our bereavement support.

You can find out more about donating items and search for your nearest St Catherine’s charity shop here. For more information on free furniture collections for our House and Home Store please call: 01293 583077.

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