Why Do People Donate To Charity Shops?

It’s an interesting question and I think for 99% of the donations we think we know the answer…

  • They want to support the charity because they have experienced the wonderful work they do.
  • They like to support charities in general and like the thought of their unwanted items having a useful life elsewhere.
  • They recognise that donating unwanted items to charity is a great thing to do for the planet…recycle rather than landfill.

I’m sure there are many more great reasons why people donate and we appreciate the items we get what ever the reason…with one exception…

When items are left on our doorstep out of hours!

7.45am Monday morning this is what greets me…a bag of clothes left (sometime between 4.30pm Saturday and 7.45am Monday). The bag has been torn open and clothes are strewn everywhere!

Somebody may have left these with the best intentions…but we do have signs up asking people not to leave donations when the shop is closed…the only thing I can do with these is put them in the bin.

It’s very frustrating…it makes our shop and quite often the surrounding area look awful…it becomes a health risk for staff and volunteers…how long has it been there…how many dogs have relieved themselves there…is there anything else in there, broken items, sharps…would you want to start your working day clearing this up?

Saturday afternoon I closed the shop at 4pm, popped upstairs for 5 minutes when I came down someone had dumped a broken computer in the doorway!

I couldn’t sell this even if it was working…St Mary’s Hospice will have to pay to dispose of it correctly!

You know…we get some amazing donations into our shops that help raise much needed funds for our wonderful hospice…and I wouldn’t want to alienate any genuine donators…but maybe some people just aren’t aware that when they choose to dump goods on our doorstep they aren’t helping a good cause…in some cases they are actually costing it money!

if you have items you would like to donate but can’t make it when the shop is open…please get in touch by phone or Facebook and we can collect…make sure your donation is making a difference in a good way!

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Dying Matters…What Can You Do?

If you’re a regular St Mary’s shopper you will have seen the displays in all of our shop windows…promoting Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Maybe walking by you’ve wondered what it all means…I know I’ve had questions from a few volunteers here in Barrow…the window displays have helped start conversations we don’t normally have and made people think, which is great.

If you want to know more you can pop into any of our shops and pick up a leaflet…find out what you can do today.

For more information go to –

https://www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek

It’s Only A Day Away…

That’s right Millom opening is tomorrow…Thursday, 9am…you don’t want to miss it!

Finishing touches have been happening today and I think when you see it you’ll agree it looks amazing!

We’ve got one final teaser picture for you before unveiling the shop tomorrow…I hope you can join us there!

We’re Almost there…

Not long now…Millom St Mary’s Hospice Shop reopens on Thursday 8th March…it’s so exciting!

June and her team are working so hard to have the shop ready and open for business…steaming… pricing…stocking the shop…they can’t wait to open the door and let their loyal customers see the transformation!

Here’s a sneak preview…

…sorry I must have got my camera angle all wrong!!!

Won’t Be Long Now…

I was at our Millom Shop again on Friday…Wow what a difference!

It looks fantastic!

It won’t be long until it reopens…but until then would you like to see a picture?

Here’s a quick glance through the window…

I didn’t realise Windolene was so difficult to see through…sorry! Oh well you’ll just have to come along when we re-open!

What’s Happening In Millom?

Our Millom Shop is currently closed…exciting news…it is having a refit!!

The end of last week was spent stripping it out ready for the refitting…it’s amazing how different a shop looks when it is empty of everything familiar!

It was great to see so many volunteers lending a hand to get it done.

I popped through yesterday and work was already well under way…new stud walls up…paintwork being prepared for painting…I can’t wait to see how it looks next time I’m there!