Charity shop launches appeal

8/6/11- Age UK thank-you party, Bexhill.  Volunteers Deborah Buckingham, Sylvia Carter and Nicola Bewes. ENGSNL00120110906084408
8/6/11- Age UK thank-you party, Bexhill. Volunteers Deborah Buckingham, Sylvia Carter and Nicola Bewes. ENGSNL00120110906084408
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The Age UK shop in Bexhill is asking people to extend the season of goodwill by donating their unwanted Christmas presents.

Rather than throwing them out or leaving unwanted Christmas presents to gather dust at the back of the wardrobe, they can be taken to the shop at 44, Western Road Bexhill.

The Age UK shop accepts donations of both new and second hand items, all of which are then sold on to be loved again, helping to raise vital funds for the charity’s work supporting older people.

Shop Manager Rikki West said: “It can be difficult knowing what do to with gifts that will never be used, however by donating unwanted Christmas presents or old items to our shop people will be helping a great cause.

“Not only could they be another person’s treasure, your donations will also help us brighten up 2016 for an older person and that’s why we are urging everyone in the area to have a clear out and get rid of any items they don’t fancy holding onto – they will really help us kick off the New Year and raise vital funds.”

The money raised through Age UK’s shops goes towards supporting the Charity’s vital work for older people delivering hands-on local services through the Age UK network such as lunch clubs and home safety checks, as well as hugely important work like Age UK’s free advice line (open 365 days a year) and vital campaigning work.

Age UK has over 420 shops across the UK, which are reliant on the kind donations of the local community to keep the shelves stocked and supported by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. The shops accept unwanted goods such as clothing and accessories, gifts, toys, household items and shoes.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life. Work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well-being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Donations can be maximised by signing up to gift aid. By simply completing a basic form when you donate goods means that Age UK will receive an extra 25p for every £1 that is raised from donations from the government. That extra money doesn’t cost you a penny and helps the charity raise more valuable funds for people in later life.

For more information about Age UK visit www.ageuk.org.uk.

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