St Clare Hospice in plea for vinyl records for its music shop in Bishop's Stortford to boost its funds
Music fans are being asked to consider donating vinyl records from their collections for a local hospice.
St Clare Hospice has issued a plea for popular vinyl records as stocks at its specialist book and music charity shop in Bishop's Stortford are running low.
Dave Whyte, who has a lifelong interest in and love of music, has worked in the Hastingwood hospice's shop in Devoils Lane for the past five years.
"In all my time here there's always been a steady flow of good vinyl records coming through. But in the last four months we've seen a 75% reduction in donations, impacting on sales dramatically.
"Whereas we used to have good backroom stocks to replenish the shop floor, we're now down to the bare bones. We sold much of our stock at the recent late-night shopping event."
Dave said: "We're desperate for rock, pop, prog rock, soul, reggae, punk, new-wave, metal, ska, two-tone, modern jazz and other genres of vinyl. Every donation will help generate the money needed to fund hospice care for local people."
The St Clare music and book shop has a range of musical instruments, CDs, books, audio-books, DVDs and cassettes. They sell 7in and 12in singles from 50p and a large range of bargain LPs from £1; most of the vinyl LPs sell for £5 up to £25, depending on title, pressing and condition.
Dave added: “We sometimes have more collectable releases at higher prices and have been very lucky in the past. The highest individual record sale so far has been £800 for the Czar album from 1970. This beat the previous best of £650 for an album by English folk group Tudor Lodge from 1971.”