Choose charity shops – Jo

Jo supported the Choose Charity Shops campaign, led by the Charity Retail Association, by visiting Cancer Research UK shops in Kirkintilloch and Milngavie.

The Charity Retail Association has said that charity shop popularity is at an all time high. Charity shops now raise over £200 million every year for a huge range of charitable causes and they reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 3.7 million tonnes every year through reusing items. They also support 180,000 volunteering opportunities and 17,000 jobs.

But charity shops thrive on donations of unwanted items from members of the public, and many are struggling to get enough through the door. This week nearly 6,000 charity shops in the UK are coming together to ask members of the public to make a donation to a charity shop in their area and pledge to donate to charity shops for the coming year. Events are taking place across the country to support the campaign.

Commenting Jo said:

“Donating to charity shops is a good excuse to do a little spring cleaning and make sure your clothes don’t end up in landfill while supporting the important work of valuable local and national charities.

“You can boost the value of your donated clothes even further by filling out a simple Gift Aid form.

“I would encourage local residents to look in their closets and cupboards and find an item they don’t wear or use donate to a great cause.”


Jo pictured with shop manager Ruby McGregor in the Cancer Research UK shop in Kirkintilloch. Photo credit Victoria Stewart

There are nearly 6,000 shops participating in Choose Charity Shops. For further information on the campaign, the charities participating, or to find your local charity shop, visit

The Choose Charity Shops campaign is led by the Charity Retail Association, the UK trade association for charity shops. The Association represents over 80 per cent of charity shops in the UK. Please contact Wendy Mitchell[email protected] 020 7255 4483 for more information or to find out about where events are happening in your area.

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