Crisis in charity stock

A DESPERATE appeal for stock has been made by a Morpeth charity shop as donations reach an all-time low.

The Age UK shop in Newgate Street has seen a steady decline in donations since the summer, but it has become even worse in recent weeks and it is now struggling to keep up with customers’ demands.

Manager Cecilie Cromar has made an urgent plea for good-quality clothing, household items, bric-a-brac, accessories, books, DVDs and CDs.

She said: “We are really struggling to get donations through the door. They have gone down dramatically to an all-time low. It has been happening for quite a while and since the summer they have dropped considerably.

“I don’t know if people just haven’t got the money to go out and buy new things so they are keeping hold of what they have. There are also lots of places where you can sell clothing now. Newgate Street is not what it was for footfall so that doesn’t help, but at the moment, the donations have just fallen right off.

“I do get a delivery from a scheme where we pay a company to go out and put bags through doors and we do stock rotation with other shops every two weeks, but these are things that cost us money. When people donate through the door, we don’t have those costs and if they Gift Aid it, we get an extra 25p for every £1 we make from sales.”

She added: “This charity is all about helping to fund things in our own area. We are linked to Age UK Northumberland and we help fund things like the lunch club in the town. We don’t want to lose money because it will affect things like that.”

To donate any items for sale, simply hand them in at the Age UK shop or call 01670 504893.