Rotherham charities have found it tough to continue to raise much needed funds through the Coronavirus pandemic but they are begining to get back to some sort of normal.
Fundraising events have been postponed and charity shops have been closed for weeks but now major charities in the borough are starting to get ready for their shops opening back up and even trading online for the first time.
Rotherham Hospice has a hospice van ready and waiting to take donations and will be picking up at various times from various shops around Rotherham each Thursday. Details can be found here.
All donations will be dated at the point of receipt and then quarantined for 72 hours before preparing for resale in the hospice’s stores and online. The hospice launched its eBay store last week which features clothes, books, ornaments, collectables and more.
The aim is to open the town centre shop and Wath shop on June 15 to customers with strict social distancing guidelines in place. These shops are being staffed from June 8 to receive donations.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is also now making arrangements to collect donations. If you’ve had a clearout during lockdown and have collected three bags (of black bin-bag size) or more you can use the charity’s collection service which is starting up from June 8 and can also collect donated furniture.
Alison Firth, Retail Support Co-Ordinator at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’ve had so many generous offers from our incredible supporters who’ve been having lockdown clear-outs.
“So, in line with the latest Government guidance, we’re very pleased to announce we’re now arranging free, safe collections.
“Any items that you’ve put to one side during lockdown will be sorted by our team, ready to deliver to our charity shops once they re-open in the future. Pledging to have a clearout and arrange a collection will make a huge difference to the children and families who need us.”
To book a free collection all you need to do is fill out the form here or call 01909 498 996 between 10am and 3pm.
All those who book collections will be asked to leave their items outside their homes, and the charity’s drivers will be wearing the correct personal protective equipment.