AN incredible £5,000 worth of items have been donated to a South Derbyshire charity shop – after hundreds of people answered an SOS for help featured in the Mail.
Staff and volunteers could not believe their eyes when a total of 250 bags of unwanted items ranging from clothes to DVDs were handed over for sale at The British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in High Street, Swadlincote.
The massive haul was collected in two months and came after a desperate plea from the shop after cash-strapped people kept emptying the shelves.
Joanne Groves, manager of the store, issued a ‘big thank you’ to the community but urged them to keep donating to keep helping people in the area.
She said: “Everyone here at the Swadlincote British Heart Foundation shop would like to thank the local community after generous residents donated 250 bags of unwanted clothing, handbags, shoes, books, DVDs and CDs to sell in the shop.
“The donations would be worth up to £5,000 and 100 per cent of the profits raised from these donations will go into the fight against heart disease and help to fun BHF’s research.
“We’d like to thank everyone who donated items to the shop as their support is so important.
“These donations really do make a difference. Please help us to continue to donate to fund vital research by continuing to donate your unwanted items.
“You can do this by popping into the shop with your donations or give us a call and we can arrange our volunteer driver to pick them up free of charge.
“One of things that has hit us in most recent years is the fact that there are more and more charity shops and, therefore, more people asking for help and donations.
“We don’t want people to think that just because we have a full shop that we do not need their help.
“The more we get in, the better chance we have of helping someone out and also providing more funds to a great charity that saves lives every single day.”
The shop has around 40 volunteers who help serve customers, stock the shelves and go out to collect items.
Anyone who would like more information, to make a donation or to become a volunteer at the shop is urged to call 01283 550135.