Festive drop in charity donations at Hartlepool shop

Brenda Buck in the Little Green Charity shop Murray Street
Brenda Buck in the Little Green Charity shop Murray Street

VOLUNTEERS at a Hartlepool charity shop that has given thousands of pounds to worthy causes say they have seen a drop in donations.

More than £250,000 has been donated to various charities and good causes over the years thanks to the hardworking ladies at the Little Green Charity Shop.

But now the volunteers are pleading for people to show the much-loved shop some support after admitting donations of clothes, toys and other goods were down this Christmas compared to other years.

Shop volunteer Sheila Boagey, 61, who lives in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool, said: “I’m not sure why, but we didn’t get anywhere near as many donations as usual this Christmas.We used to get so many toys and other goods, but this year we were definitely down. We have had drops in donations in the past and the next year we’ve had a real boost again so hopefully that will be the case this time.

“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.”

Sheila believes one of the reasons for the decrease in donations may be down to high street chains offering vouchers to residents who donate a certain amount of toys or goods.

Earlier this month the ladies presented £2,000 to Springwell Primary School, in the town, to make sure the school’s Christmas festivities went to plan. The Great North Air Ambulance also benefited from a £3,000 donation.

The shop’s contributions this year were over £14,000.