STAFF at a South Derbyshire charity shop have issued a desperate plea for donations – as cash-strapped people keep emptying the shelves.
Joanne Groves, manager of The British Heart Foundation shop in High Street, Swadlincote, contacted the Mail in a bid to keep the shelves stocked – otherwise she could be forced to turn people in need away.
She revealed that a ‘frantic’ festive season had left her and her volunteers struggling to cope with demand.
She told the Mail: “I do not think it is much of a stretch to say that we are now reaching desperation point in terms of donations.
“People might walk past our shop and see that the shelves are full but this is only half the story.
“The festive season has been so busy that we only have left what we have on show, we have no back stock and nothing else to offer.
“We risk reaching a point where we will have to start saying ‘no’ to people when they come in to try and find something they might need to improve their lives.
“We are at a stage where we are desperately looking for quality donations including clothing, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, games, toys, shoes and handbags.
“We can also arrange for local house collections throughout the area which are completely free.
“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.”
This news comes after the shop celebrated its 16th year in the town last December.
The shop has around 40 volunteers who help serve customers, stock the shelves and go out to collect items from people across the area.
Anyone who would like more information, to make a donation or to become a volunteer at the shop is urged to call 01283 550135.