DONATIONS are down at a charity shop which has raised more than £250,000 for good causes over the years.
Since July last year, the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, has donated nearly £10,000 to various beneficiaries.
Included are Springwell Primary School, the Great North Air Ambulance and the appeal to support Georgia Hart, a town schoolgirl who suffers with a rare condition which attacks the nervous system.
The kind-hearted volunteers who run the shop six days a week are hoping to carry on their fantastic work and donate to even more good causes and charities this year.
But they have admitted that in terms of donations coming in, it’s been one of the quietest starts to a year they have ever had.
The ladies acknowledge that it is a tough time for many, but are appealing to people to take any unwanted goods to the store and help them to raise the cash.
“We are struggling a little bit with our donations,” said volunteer Sheila Boagey, 60, who lives in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool.
“We will keep going obviously and we are getting donations in, but not as many as normal. I think people are just holding on to things a little bit more.
“But the more we can get in, the more cash we can raise to donate to charities.”
The volunteers in the shop, which is open Monday-Saturday, try to help as many local causes as possible.
They donated £3,500 to the family of Becky Bell to be handed to ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary last year and a total of more than £10,000 to Springwell Primary School as the school launched a fundraising drive for a new minibus.
Brenda Buck, 67, who has been volunteering in the shop for 15 years, said: “We are looking for donations of absolutely everything, it all helps.
“Clothes, bric-a-brac, CDs, they all sell and help us to raise money.
“We have a lot of regular customers and they all realise that by buying from us they are making a difference.
“But we have had a few asking whether donations are down so they are noticing it.
“I think people are struggling a bit themselves but if they have anything at all which they don’t want anymore we would like them to bring it in to us.”