A charity shop wants locals to donate any unwanted Christmas presents to help meet surge in demand.
Mind in Devonshire Road has noticed a spike in the number of people turning to charity shops in the hunt for a festive bargain as belts tighten across the town.
Stocks are running low after a busy pre-Christmas period so the charity is asking people to take in any unwanted presents they may have received – either last year or this.
It is particularly keen to get good quality clothing, winter coats, accessories, CDs and DVDs to help it enter the New Year with full shelves.
The shop relies on local generosity for more than 95 per cent of donations and every bag dropped off has an estimated average cash equivalent of around £30 once it finds its contents find their ways to the shop floor.
All proceeds go to fund the charity’s work, such as the Mind Infoline, information and advice services, and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better life for the one in four people who experience a mental health problem every year.
In addition, Mind shops play a vital role in providing support to the local community, especially at a time like Christmas when many people feel lonely or isolated. Mind Shop Manager Marie Cullinane said: “Christmas is a time when everyone would like to buy and give gifts to their loved ones. This year many people are feeling the pinch, and charity shops are proving to be a great option for those on a budget.
“However, due to a dearth in donations, Mind cannot meet the additional demand. The Mind shop in Bexhill is therefore asking people to look carefully at last year’s gifts, that they no longer need and donate them. Anything you can spare would be welcome. “All donations to our shops go to a worthwhile cause. It is thanks to your support that we are able to raise funds for the charity’s vital work.”