Wirral residents can support a local charity by clearing out their unwanted household items as part of a new project.
Wirral Hospice St John’s has launched its Supporting Patient Care Through Recycling and Re-use campaign with help from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18.
A cash boost of £5,000 from the fund was awarded to the charity, which provides free care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, to help expand its operations and in turn increase donations from members of the public.
Unwanted items such as furniture, clothing, toys, books, electricals will be cleaned up and sold on through the initiative, with sales money helping to run the hospice’s vital services.
Teresa Nightingale, head of fundraising at Wirral Hospice which has six shops in the borough, says: “The project is aiming to encourage more Wirral residents to help us re-use and recycle their unwanted and preloved items and generate income for local hospice care.
“We want them to donate more goods, items and materials and volunteer their time. We’ve got six shops throughout the Wirral, and we even run a van pick-up service for large and bulky items.
“We’re not a national charity, we’re local – any money raised by our activities goes back to the local community.”
Wirral Hospice hopes that the project will help to generate an additional revenue of £20,000.
Councillor Graham Morgan, chairperson of MRWA, adds: “This is a great project as it helps people who are in need and it also rescues materials that might otherwise have been thrown away. Hopefully the hospice will see a big increase in items coming through its doors.”
Wirral Hospice St John’s shops are based on Upton Road in Claughton, Telegraph Road in Heswall, Liscard Way in Liscard, Hoylake Road in Moreton, Victoria Road in New Brighton and Banks Road in West Kirby.