Shift a gift in aid of children with brain injury

It’s that time of year again. The post-Christmas declutter. But before you bin those unwanted gifts or spend countless hours uploading and hitting the resell on eBay, consider shifting a gift to The Children’s Trust charity shops. Whether it’s a Christmas onesie, candles that aren’t your scent of choice or a computer game you already own, The Children’s Trust charity shops would be delighted to receive donations of good quality, saleable items, including men’s and women’s clothing to jewellery, handbags, shoes, toys and bric-a-brac. Charity shop extraordinaire Julie Beames, who works for The Children’s Trust, gives her thoughts on the post-Christmas declutter and how to do it: “The first rule of the unwanted gift is that you should not feel bad about disposing of unwanted gifts, it does not mean you didn’t appreciate the thought. Of course, you could risk the notorious re-gifting exercise, and chance offending your (can always be called on last minute) baby sitter. Or you could put them at the back of the cupboard, postponing the inevitable for months or even years until the item has lost all its value. “Why not ease your conscience by choosing the more honourable option, and taking unwanted gifts to your local charity shop? The beauty of this is that once you’ve made the handover to charity shop staff, who will be sincerely grateful, you don’t have the anxiety over being found out. Someone else, who can make better use of the item, will make a donation that will go towards a good cause. In our case, helping children with brain injury across the UK. Your unwanted gift will make a real and life changing difference.” Donations of unwanted or pre-loved items can be made direct to the charity’s shops across Surrey, Kent and Sussex, open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday. To find your nearest shop, click here or call 01737 364377.

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