Uber agrees to carry donated items to CRUK shops

For five hours this Saturday, people will be able to use the taxi firm's app to have donations delivered to the charity's shops for free

Cancer Research UK has formed a partnership with the taxi firm Uber that will enable people to use the company’s cabs to donate items to the charity’s shops.

On the forthcoming Saturday afternoon, between 12 noon and 5pm, anyone using the Uber app will be able to request a driver to come to their house, take away unwanted items and deliver them to one of the charity’s shops as part of the company’s UberGIVING scheme.

Users will have to select the UberGIVING option on the app to access the free service, which will be available in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The charity is seeking items of clothing, accessories, kitchenware, homeware and small electrical items, all in good condition.

Caro Evans, director of partnerships at CRUK, said: "We’re really excited to be working with Uber on this initiative. CRUK has nearly 600 shops across the UK, so finding new and imaginative ways for people to donate their unwanted items is really exciting."

A survey by Uber of 2,000 people found that the average British household had an average of £605 worth of unwanted items in their home, which the company estimated could raise an extra £16bn for good causes if they were donated.

About 60 per cent of people surveyed said they had items they had decided to give away as part of a spring clean, but had not yet got round to donating.

Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in the UK, said: "UberGIVING is one of our favourite initiatives and is the perfect opportunity for people to give items to charity and let Uber do the work. Many people are unable to get to a convenient local charity shop because of busy schedules, yet have lots of unwanted items taking up space. We are proud that Uber can step in and be of service."

Nobody from Cancer Research UK was available to answer questions about the partnership on Thursday morning.

Uber is locked in a legal battle with Transport for London after the transport regulator banned the company’s cars in the capital because of safety concerns, but has allowed the company to continue operating while it appeals.

After the ban – which was also prompted by concerns over the company’s treatment of its drivers, who operate as independent contractors rather than employees – the company has agreed to introduce benefits such as sickness and maternity pay from 1 June.

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