The Mind shop in Bletchley has launched an appeal for unwanted Christmas presents to meet an increased demand for goods.
Research shows spending has been down and customers who have had to tighten their belts are flocking to charity stores in search of goods. The Mind shop needs to re-stock its shelves with good quality clothing, winter coats, accessories, CDs and DVDs.
The Mind shops rely on local generosity for over 95per cent of product donations and every bag dropped off has a cash equivalent of £30 once converted to saleable stock. All proceeds go to fund the charity’s work such as the Mind Infoline, information and advice services, and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better life for the one in four people who experience a mental health problem every year.
In addition, Mind shops play a vital role in providing support to the local community, especially at Christmas and over the new year when many people feel lonely or isolated. They are a centre for social exchange: offering a safe environment for meeting people from the community. They also provide valuable skills and training to their 1,850 committed volunteers.
Mind shop manager, Angie Jones, said:“This year many people are feeling the pinch, and charity shops are proving to be a great option for those on a budget. However, due to a dearth in donations, Mind cannot meet the additional demand. The Mind shop in Bletchley is therefore asking people to look carefully at the gifts they no longer need and donate them to make someone’s wishes come true. Anything you can spare would be welcome.
“All your donations to our shops go to a worthwhile cause. It is thanks to your support that we are able to raise funds for the charity’s vital work in ensuring no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”