Barnsley Hospice backs national campaign to boost donations to charity shops

8 May 2012

Barnsley Hospice is taking part in a campaign to encourage more donations to charity shops.

The Choose Charity Shops campaign is led by the Charity Retail Association and will feature events across the country by ministers and MPs. Four local MPs are backing Barnsley Hospice with visits to its charity shops.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, will visit the Stairfoot furniture store on Friday May 11. Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, will visit the Penistone shop on the same day. And on Friday May 18 John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, will go to the Goldthorpe branch and Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, will visit Eldon Street.

Barnsley Hospice has nine shops altogether, with another furniture store at Blucher Street and other general shops at Wombwell, Mexborough, Mapplewell and in The Arcade, in Barnsley town centre.

John Healey said: “Charity shops are a vital way for good causes to raise money and awareness, as well as being an important part of many local high streets. I am happy to support the Choose Charity Shops campaign and look forward to meeting some of the Barnsley Hospice team.”

Barnsley Hospice receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, but has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open. Its retail shops generate about £900,000 a year. Nationally charity shops raise over £200 million every year.

Retail and fundraising manager Dawn Charlesworth said: “What we want to do is get the word out about how important our shops are to us to raise money, especially to those people who might not have thought of donating goods to us before.

“All the money spent in our hospice shops helps people in Barnsley at a time in their lives when they need it the most.”

Items can be donated at any of the shops between 9am and 4pm Monday to Saturday, or left in the shed at the back of the hospice. Collections can be arranged for large donations by calling 01226 771715. Anyone thinking of making a donation of furniture should call the same number.

For further information about Barnsley Hospice, visit or email or call 01226 244244.



Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257, or email
Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at

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.

There are nearly 6,000 shops participating in Choose Charity Shops, which has its launch week 14th – 19th May 2012. For further information on the charities participating, or to find local charity shops, visit

The Choose Charity Shops campaign is led by the Charity Retail Association, the UK trade association for charity shops. The Association represents over 80 per cent of charity shops in the UK. Contact Wendy Mitchell at for more information

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