Charity shops hit by the big freeze

Sales and stock donations fell by up to 30 per cent in the recent bad weather

Charity shops have seen their sales and stock donations fall by up to 30 per cent as the adverse weather  put people off leaving their homes.

Charities including Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder Care and Scope all said trading had been affected by the snow and icy conditions over recent weeks.

Cancer Research UK saw a 30 per cent decrease in stock donations in the week beginning 4 January, and health and social care charity Sue Ryder Care said sales of donated items had dropped by up to 27 per cent over the past two weeks compared with the same period last year.

Andrew Adair, director of retail at disability charity Scope, said sales in the charity's shops were down by a quarter over the past two weeks compared with last year's figures.

"A small proportion of our shops actually had to close because of the snow and ice," he said.

Mike Lucas, director of retail at the British Heart Foundation, said the weather had caused a "significant drop in donations", although no exact figures were yet available. "This has undoubtedly caused problems and had a real impact on our stock levels," he said.

Age Concern and Help the Aged said last week they could lose as much as £500,000 in revenue from charity shop sales because of the weather conditions.




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