Recycle to help charity

People are being urged to ‘Clear Out to Help Out’ this spring by donating good quality but unwanted items for resale at two South Bucks Hospice reuse shops.

The shops, run with Buckinghamshire Council and FCC Environment, are located at the Aston Clinton and High Wycombe household recycling centres. Proceeds from the shops benefit South Bucks Hospice, which provides support for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

Residents can declutter and drop off items at any of Bucks’ nine centres open throughout lockdown. All they need to do is ensure to follow Covid safety measures once there, such as adhering to social distancing rules and wearing a mask, unless exempt.

Making donations is one way to make space in cupboards while helping out a local cause. Items of interest include bikes, furniture, electricals and lawnmowers. These are then resold at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe, which are due to reopen on 12 April with other non-essential retail outlets.

Martin Dickman, Service Director of Neighbourhood Services at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘We welcome Buckinghamshire residents donating unwanted goods at any of our nine household recycling centres. By donating and purchasing at our re-use shops, you are giving items a new lease of life as well as showing support to a hospice which helps so many people across the county.’

James Reseigh, Contract Manager at FCC Environment, added: ‘With donations being accepted across the Buckinghamshire sites, it’s incredibly easy for residents to find a new home for unwanted goods that are taking up space in their homes. We look forward to reopening the two reuse shops and encourage locals to show their support, whether that’s through donations or purchases.’

Jackie Ward, Acting Chief Executive Officer at South Bucks Hospice, said: ‘This is a genuine win-win situation for everyone concerned.

‘Residents can de-clutter their homes by making a valuable contribution to charity while our patients and their loved ones benefit from the vital funds that these donations create for our services.

‘We provide vital care to some of the most vulnerable members of society, and the majority of our money comes from fundraising and our retail shops. We are, therefore, very grateful to Buckinghamshire Council and FCC.”

Buckinghamshire Council has recycling centres in Amersham, Aston Clinton, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, High Wycombe and Langley, open 9am-6pm seven days a week; and Aylesbury, Burnham and Chesham, open 9am-6pm five days a week, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Both of the Aston Clinton and High Wycombe (pictured) reuse shops stock a wide selection of items for those looking for a bargain and supporting a local cause.