Cleveleys Cancer Research shop has been a fixture on our high street for 24 years, providing somewhere to recycle your unwanted goods, to buy great value products, and a vital source of income for a disease that touches everyone at some point.
The Cleveleys shop is stocked entirely from donations that come through the door from local people, and in a previous article about charity shops we looked behind the scenes at the role they play in our modern high streets.
In coming weeks, the Cancer Research Campaign is running a huge promotion, tied in with Channel Four and special programmes, all about different aspects of health.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so pink ribbons will be everywhere and fundraising for Cancer Research in everyones mind.
Cleveleys Cancer Research are asking for your help. They need 300 bags each week to keep the shop stocked and although they do reasonably well for a steady flow of donations, it only takes a couple of tram loads of visitors (especially during the Illuminations) to clear out Cleveleys. Other Fylde Coast stores are not as lucky, and shops at Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes all struggle to collect enough stock to sell.
At the moment, Cleveleys particularly needs ladies handbags and shoes, anything blingy – jewellery of any type, and menswear. So that could be a good excuse to smarten the man up in your life! On average, each bag that you donate is worth around £30 to Cancer Research, so it all adds up.
So what can you do?
* If you get a Cancer Research charity bag through your letterbox try to have a clear out and put something in it to go back on collection day.
* Bring your unwanted things into any of the Cancer Research shops on the Fylde Coast.
* Ring for someone to come and collect your bags if you have mobility problems or there’s just too much stuff for you to manage yourself! The number is 01253 862307
* Can you organise a ‘Bring a Bag to Work Day’? Ask your employer if you can set up a Donation Station, where someone will hand out bags and then collect them a few days later.
* Do you know anywhere that would be suitable for a pop-up shop? In areas where there aren’t existing Cancer Research Shops, they’re looking to open up in empty units for a short period of time.
However you chose to help, be sure to mention that you’re responding to this article which you’ve seen on Visit Cleveleys because we’ve been promised a big certificate!
And look at it this way:
a) you’ll get a warm glow from helping a charity that does vital work in helping to save lives, from a disease that touches almost everyone at some point
b) you’ll save your unwanted goods from going to landfill and ruining the planet
c) one mans rubbish is another mans treasure, and someone else will probably really enjoy what you donate
and don’t forget d) that you’ll make lots of space to fill when you go shopping!
Volunteers at Cleveleys Cancer Research