Due to national lockdown restrictions, our stores are currently closed. We will be back open as soon as we can be. Unfortunately at this moment in time are stores will be unable to accept donations.
Whilst our shops are currently shut, you can post your quality items to us… for free! We particularly need premium quality branded clothing, jewellery, books, vinyl records, vintage toys, camera equipment and ornaments. Each freepost donation can weigh up to 10kg and be up to 60cm x 50cm x 50cm in size.
Furniture Donations and Purchases
We sell fantastic furniture at the following 3 Longfield Hospice shops:
- Bishops Cleeve
- Up Hatherley
Have a look at our Furniture Donations and Purchases page for more information.
Please do bear us in mind when you next have a clear out, we’ll be delighted to accept your pre-loved goods since we have not been able to accept donations in line with national lockdown measures in recent months. We need quality donated items all year round to enable our shops to have the best stock to sell, to generate vital revenue for our free hospice care.
We accept quality pre-loved women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, books, bric-a-brac, games and puzzles, children’s toys, handbags, accessories, shoes, linen, electrical items (we PAT test all our electrical items), CDS, DVDs, vinyl and furniture.
In the year 2019-2020 we had 107,458 amazing supporters who donated goods for our shops.
There are some items we cannot accept for various reasons. These include:
- Children’s toys without the ‘CE’ mark on them
- Soiled or dirty clothing
- Soiled or dirty bedding or linen
- Items of food or drink, including alcohol
- Beauty products such as body lotions, soaps, etc.
- Age restricted items such as some knives, fireworks, cigarettes, anything to do with gambling
- Items of clothing where real animal fur has been used
- Fake designer items, such as handbags
Retail Gift Aid
To help us raise even more money through our shops, please sign up to Gift Aid. You can make a real difference to us by completing the Retail Gift Aid form.
Sometimes we do get items which are unsuitable for us to sell in the shops, if you are wanting to donate some items for us to send for Rag please help us by separating it in your donation and writing rag on the bag. In terms of clothing, any clothing which is deemed as unsaleable will be collected by our textiles collector, known in the sector as RAG.
The amount we get back for RAG is getting less and less, so in effect, we don’t get much back for these items so please help our staff and volunteers to sort these pieces in advance.
During 2019-2020 we had to send 45,000 bags to RAG.