Barnsley Hospice takes to the road to boost shop stock

7 March 2012

Barnsley Hospice fundraisers are setting up collection points at local leisure centres in a special drive to boost stock levels in its charity shops.   
 
Hospice vans will be parking up at four venues all day on March 17 to make it easy for people to drop off donations of unwanted goods.
 
The initiative is the first of its kind to be run by the hospice and is being backed by Barnsley Premier Leisure, which runs the centres - the Barnsley Metrodome, Leisure Complex, Hoyland and Royston Leisure Centres and the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Cudworth.
 
The 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 homes and help charity shops.
 
Barnsley Hospice, in Church Street, Gawber, has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Unit. Care is free for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition, not just cancer patients, and is also available in patients’ own homes. In addition, the hospice runs many other support services.
 
The hospice receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, but has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open, and 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, also a charity, provides affordable leisure facilities across the borough and has pledged its support to the hospice as its fellow ‘charity of the year’.
 
Its marketing manager Aaron Kirkwood said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative as Barnsley Hospice carries out such fantastic work.
 
“Being a registered charity ourselves, we know how important it is to have people help and, in the current climate, charities need all the support they can get. The message to people is to bring all your clutter to us and you will be doing your bit to support an important local cause.”
 
Vans will be parked up between 10am and 4pm, on March 17, in the following locations: Barnsley Metrodome, Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley; Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland; Royston Leisure Centre, Station Road, Royston, and the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Snydale Road, Cudworth.
 
Barnsley Hospice has seven general shops in The Arcade and Eldon Street, in Barnsley town centre, and at Wombwell, Mexborough, Goldthorpe, Mapplewell and Penistone. It also has two furniture shops in Blucher Street and at Stairfoot.
 
Items can be donated at any of the shops between 9am and 4pm or left in the shed at the back of the hospice. Collections can be arranged for large donations by calling 01226 244244. Anyone thinking of making a donation of furniture should call 01226 771715 beforehand. 
 
For further information about Barnsley Hospice, visit www.barnsleyhospice.org.uk, email
enquiries@barnsleyhospice.org, or call 01226 244244.
 
 
NOTE TO EDITORS
 
Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement. 
 
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
 
Photographers and reporters are welcome to visit any of the collection points on the day.
 
Media contact at the hospice for more information on this story is Dawn Charlesworth on 01226 323613 or 07501 225913 or at dawn.charlesworth@barnsley-hospice.org Alternatively, ring Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257, or email laura.conrad@barnsley-hospice.org
 
Additional media contacts: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at deborah@katebettsmedia.co.uk or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at kate@katebettsmedia.co.uk
 

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