'Amazing' response to Isabel Hospice appeal to donate stock for its charity shops at drop-off day at Stortford rugby club
More than 600 bags of pre-loved items were donated to Isabel Hospice in response to an urgent appeal for stock for its charity shops.
The charity's retail team was inundated at a donation drop-off day at Bishop's Stortford rugby club last Wednesday (July 14). The 'day' actually ran for just four hours, from 10am to 2pm.
Among the hundreds of items donated was a guitar, which the charity expects to sell for £100 via its eBay shop, and a decorative tea service, which will be sent to its shop at Hatfield Galleria, which specialises in high-end fashion and collectables.
An amazing amount of clothing was received, which the Isabel retail staff and volunteers will sort and distribute to the hospice's 16 shops across eastern Hertfordshire, including those in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.
Operations manager Leila Clarke said: "The donation day was amazing and we had a truly great response. We filled our van so quickly that we had to use the clubhouse to store it all.
"We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to donate and make the day so successful. We hope to do it again very soon."
The charity is still appealing for quality second-hand items to restock shelves and rails after record-breaking sales when its charity shops reopened in April as lockdown restrictions were eased.
Women's, men's and children's summer clothing and footwear are especially in demand, along with electronics, household items, books and jigsaws.
Three more donation drop-off days are being held in Tesco car park, Bishop's Park, this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (July 21-23) between 10am and 2pm. Supporters can also donate directly at shops. For locations, see isabelhospice.org.uk/shops.