Charity shop makes appeal for fresh donations to help boost fundraising efforts

The shop, which is situated in Great Whyte, Ramsey.

The shop, which is situated in Great Whyte, Ramsey. - Credit: Archant

The Hospitals Charity shop in Ramsey is appealing for donations to help keep it thriving.

Located in Great Whyte, the shop was opened in 1965 by Rose Kilby and her husband Alf, but is now run by her sister and nephew.

But Dee Porter, who has volunteered at the shop for two years, says it is losing out on donations to other local charity shops.

She said: “It’s difficult because everyone gives a lot of their stuff to Sue Ryder, which means we miss out. I love the shop and everything about it and we have been trying to really get it looking great.

“A lot of people use our shop as a dumping group, which is really annoying because we spend half our time sorting out stuff we cannot sell.

“I put a post on Facebook about donating to our shop and we have already had a great response.

“The problem we have is that when we get some good stock in the shop, it goes immediately. We would really like to keep the shop going as we have so many great volunteers that work for us.”

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Ms Porter added: “We get quite a lot of clothes donations, but we are in real need of other things, like home wear. If you have anything we would be so grateful. I usually go and visit the shop every evening after work to pick up any donations.”

Any donations can be handed in to staff at the shop, at 26 Great Whyte.