Charity shops receive stock from ailing retailers

Charity shops are benefiting from stock donated by struggling retailers because of the economic downturn.

Sue Ryder Care and Save the Children have both had supplies in their outlets boosted by donations of end-of-line stock and items passed on from retailers that have closed down. A number of charity shops have reported an overall drop in stock levels because of a fall in public donations (8 October, page 3).

Kim Blakeman, project co-ordinator in the business development team at Sue Ryder Care, said the healthcare charity had started selling discontinued stock donated by retailers. "We have received furniture from show homes that have closed because of the current economic climate," she said. "We have also had stock from high-street retailers that have closed."

Sally Brighton, community giving director at Save the Children, said it had also received stock from failing retailers. She said charities should engage more with private companies in tough times, from house clearance services to retail chains that might close down branches or have surplus stock after a bad season. "We have to get creative," she said.

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