FUNDRAISERS from Barnsley Hospice are setting up collection points at leisure centres in a drive to boost stock levels in its charity shops.
Hospice vans will be parking up at four venues all day on Saturday, March 17 to make it easy for people to drop off donations of unwanted goods.
The scheme is the first of its kind to be run by the hospice and is being backed by Barnsley Premier Leisure, which runs Barnsley Metrodome, Hoyland and Royston leisure centres and the Dorothy Hyman sports centre in Cudworth.
Barnsley Hospice’s retail and fundraising manager Dawn Charlesworth said: “The areas where we will be collecting don’t have hospice shops so this is about making it convenient for residents to bring us their unwanted clothes and general bric-a-brac.
“The hospice has never done doorstep bag collections because there are bogus collectors around and we feel it’s important for supporters to know that their donations will definitely reach us.
“All our vans have logos, so are easy to spot, and there will be hospice staff and volunteers on hand to take donations and also hand out information about the work of the hospice.”
The drive is part of events to mark “National Declutter Week” which is encouraging people to clear out their housess.
Barnsley Hospice receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, but has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open.
Donations to its charity shops have fallen by 10 per cent. Between April and December 2011 a total of 30,955 bag loads of goods were donated, compared with 34,280 over the same period in 2010.
Barnsley Premier Leisure marketing manager Aaron Kirkwood said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative as Barnsley Hospice carries out such fantastic work.
“Bring all your clutter to us and you will be doing your bit to support an important local cause.”