MARCH: Scope’s plea for clothes

Scope shoip in March that are desperate to get donations'left to right Amy Prior, Emma Fretwell, Louise Bryan and Dave Stevens
Scope shoip in March that are desperate to get donations'left to right Amy Prior, Emma Fretwell, Louise Bryan and Dave Stevens
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Staff at the Scope charity shop in March have issued an SOS for donations of clothes.

Clothing stocks at the Broad Street shop have got desperately low and staff have put a message in the window in the bid to attract the attention of shoppers to their clothing shortage.

Scope shoip in March that are desperate to get donations'left to right Amy Prior, Emma Fretwell, Louise Bryan and Dave Stevens

Scope shoip in March that are desperate to get donations'left to right Amy Prior, Emma Fretwell, Louise Bryan and Dave Stevens

Mannequins dressed in bin bags have the message: “We have been reduced to wearing bin bags. Please donate here.”

Shop manager Louise Bryan explained it is all clothes but mainly women and menswear that are needed. She believes the low levels of stock are due to people already having cleared out their clothing in the run up to Christmas and again afterwards.

She said the freezing weather and icy conditions have also not helped to tempt shoppers out.

Louise thinks the shop has also suffered because other charities have already had a big drive in asking for donations and doing bag drops locally.

Scope doesn’t have house-to-house bag drops in this area and the only way of getting clothes donated is through the bags available at the shop or by supporters bringing items into the shop in carrier bags.

“There has been a Christmas clear out and now we are at a standstill. We seem to have missed out,” said Louise.

The shop is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and people are welcome to come in for bags to fill or just bring in items.

Louise explained the money raised goes to help adults and children with disabilities. It also helps to provide vital support for families.