The hospice has launched an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts.

This Christmas, did you unwrap presents you didn’t want?

Perhaps they’re cluttering up your home, and taking up too much space… well, don’t waste them – donate them to St Andrew’s Hospice instead.

“It’s guilt-free,” explained Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation at the charity, “because every item you donate will help raise vital funds for hospice care.

“Items are either sold in our shops or used as raffle prizes throughout the year, and it really does make a difference to raising funds.”

The hospice has launched an appeal for unwanted Christmas presents to contribute towards its annual running costs of £4.1-million. It receives only 18 per cent from the NHS each year; the rest is raised through support from the community.

Jane said: “We rely so heavily on donations from the public and over the festive season, people, businesses and organisations are very generous. We hope they will continue to be so in the new year too.

“Everyone gets those little bits or gifts they don’t want or don’t need. We are asking people to send them our way because what may be useless to you could make a big difference to the hospice.

“From bath sets and jigsaws to chocolates or clothes, we will be grateful for anything you can donate.

St Andrew’s is hosting two unwanted gift amnesty days on January 5 and 12. Between 8am and 8pm, simply call into the hospice and drop off your donation at reception.

“Why not use it as an opportunity to have a big clear-out in time for the new year?” Jane added. “Without your help, the hospice quite simply wouldn’t exist.”


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