Keynsham charity shop in urgent plea for donations to fill shelves

April 02 2016
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A Keynsham charity shop is appealing to the community to help boost its struggling stock levels following a difficult period for the store.

April 2016

A Keynsham charity shop is appealing to the community to help boost its struggling stock levels following a difficult period for the store.

Volunteers at the Mind charity shop in the High Street say both donations and sales are down at what is normally their busiest time of year.

The shop was the target of a series of arson attacks last year, which destroyed some of the stock held at the premises.

The team also believe bad weather over the winter period, when they normally receive most of their donations as well as seeing an increase in shoppers in the run-up to Christmas, also affected trade.

Andrew Vale, managing director of Mind Matters shops, said: “Donating and shopping at Mind helps support the one in four people in the UK who will experience mental distress every year. Now more than ever, we need the support of Keynsham residents and so urge anyone who can to please pop in store and help us to continue our fundraising work for Mind.”

Volunteers say each bag of donated items can be worth around £20 to the charity, which uses cash raised to fund the MindinfoLine and local Mind associations to support people with mental health problems.

From this month, the Mind shop will be open on a Sunday from 10am-4pm, as well as from 9am-5pm from Monday to Saturday. People can drop off unwanted clothes and items during shop opening hours.