Had a clear out while you’ve been stuck at home? Have you got piles of lockdown loot that could be donated to charity? Then St Barnabas Hospice wants your generosity as it opens its first appointment-only ‘Book and Bring’ donation drive-thru event starting on Monday 29th June.
Those who want to drop off their clothes, books, music, entertainment and anything else they’ve uncovered in the last few months are invited to use an online booking system to secure their time for drop-off at the charity’s Central Warehouse at 12 Cardinal Close, Lincoln, LN2 4SY.
St Barnabas’ Head of Retail, Caroline Peach, said:
“We’re really excited to be able to get our shops open again in the coming weeks, so really want to make sure we hit the ground running with some fabulous donations from our ever-reliable supporters. We have already had a fantastic reaction, so have decided to run the service until at least July 10th.
“If you’ve had a good tidy over the past few months while we’ve all been in lockdown, then this is the perfect opportunity to clear out those closets and help us make up some of the shortfalls we’ve been experiencing as our retail outlets across the county have been closed.”
Once booked on with a drop-off time, supporters are asked to join a specially-created one-way system that ensures donations can be dropped off and collected safely, all while social distancing guidelines are being met.
“We’re anticipating a lot of donations and our booking system is already busy with people getting slots. We’d ask that people donating limit themselves to just six bags of clothing, bedding or toys and four boxes of books or homewares. We’re also limiting households to one booking per week, so please be mindful of this when you book! This will mean our teams of volunteers can sort, process and have our stores fully-stocked when we do open. To help with the safety of the event please do not come if you haven’t got a booked slot, as you may be turned away to avoid long queues.”
How to book…
St Barnabas has 26 shops across the region, since 2012, the hospice has sold around 750,000 items with a turnover of more than £16,000,000 for its essential end of life care and associated services.