One of my favourite pairs of shoes are a brand called TOMS, they are fashionable (in my opinion), comfortable and go with most outfits – however the main attribute of this brand is that for every pair sold another pair is given to a child in need in a developing country. I love the idea that my purchase is helping others.
And it seems that I’m not alone. 50% of people consider a company’s reputation for responsibility before making a purchase (Ethical Consumer 2014). Which makes perfect sense, when we visit the supermarket, we like to know that the jar of coffee we are purchasing is paying the coffee growers a fair price, or when we no longer have use for an item, we like to know that it is recycled or reusable.
And nowhere is this mentality more alive and thriving than in our charity shops. When you have finished with a garment, item of furniture or pair of shoes, your local charity shop can turn these physical donations into lifesaving research projects which can benefit those affected by cancer. Not only are you supporting great research, you are reducing landfill and supporting your local community. Your unwanted item could be another person’s treasure.
Plus with the government’s gift aid scheme if you are a UK tax payer, the value of your donation will be worth an additional 25% if you Gift Aid – a member of our team will be happy to sign you up and explain the details.
The Cancer Research Wales volunteers are an outstanding group of people, they bring life and atmosphere to our shops; they provide the welcoming hello when you walk through the door and a sincere thank you when you enable our research to take place. And we are always looking for new members to join our team!
Your donations are truly gratefully received – so the next time you are thinking about creating more space at home, or just how you can support your favourite charity, please consider donating to our charity shops. Together we are making a vital difference in the fight against cancer, and with every discovery we are that one step closer to preventing cancer, improving treatments and a cure.
Donations of many types are welcome at our charity shops, however we are particularly looking for donations of:
Thank you for your support of Cancer Research Wales – our strength is cancer’s weakness!