Goods donated to Hospiscare
PUBLISHED: 07:05 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010
ONE of Honiton's most active fund-raising groups has expressed its disappointment at news that a national charity is throwing donated goods out with rubbish.
ONE of Honiton's most active fund-raising groups has expressed its disappointment at news that a national charity is throwing donated goods out with rubbish.The Herald reported last week how Cancer Research UK had admitted sending household items to landfill following a clear-out at its charity shop in Lace Walk. Eileen Rooke, chairman of Hospiscare Honiton, said she wants to reassure supporters that her team of volunteers do their utmost to "do everything correctly".Speaking to the Herald during a sorting session at one of the group's storage facilities in Honiton, she said: "Everything is boxed and kept clean."Donated goods stay with us for a long period. It's circulated and being rotated all the time - so we are never taking the same things to consecutive sales."Hospiscare is famous for its monthly bargain sales in the Mackarness Hall.Mrs Rooke said: "I was disappointed to read the story last week and to think that this was happening (donated goods being thrown out with rubbish) because, for us, it's a completely different approach."Even broken items aren't discarded. Honiton Hospiscare has managed to recruit experts to help them repair donated goods, including jewellery.It also benefits from the services of a valuation expert."We do it in such detail," said Mrs Rooke. "We can't afford to lose our good name, because of a national charity shop."Hospiscare is the only local charity to have three nurses in town, who are going to people's homes to help those affected by serious illness and their families."Amy Griffiths, of Hospiscare, said the charity needs to find £10,000-a-day to operate its services across East Devon.Hospiscare's High Street charity shop in Honiton raised £43,000 in the last financial year.She added: "Hospiscare shops make an effort to use everything donated. Their 'good giving guide' asks for good quality clothing, shoes and accessories, clean linen, china and glassware in good condition, CDs and DVDs, and unwanted gifts. "There are goods that they obviously will not be able to sell, such as chipped and broken items, dirty pots and pans, broken toys, which really should be taken to your Local Authority Recycling Centre. "The shops recycle any clothes that do not sell, and take mobile phones and ink cartridges for recycling. "Hospiscare nurses in Honiton cared for 74 patients and their families last year, which could not be achieved without support from all the community and the income from our shops.