What you can donate
We have a social responsibility to be environmentally conscious and be as green a organisation as possible; ultimately we have very few donated items going to landfill.
You may not think it, but we can accept donations of most things, in whatever state of repair. However, please be prepared for someone to assess if we can generate revenue through your donations as the alternative is that we are left to dispose of it ourselves and that creates a cost to the Hospice.
Our shops wouldn’t be anywhere without donations from people like you – you’re what keep them going!
Anything we sell in our shops has to be fit for purpose, according to the Charity Retail Association, and we stock a huge range of things. Great items to donate include:
Books (including text books)
Good quality clothes
Furniture and furnishings
Shoes, belts and handbags
We will accept all books, regardless of their condition. We will either sell them in our shops, online or through a company who pay us for any books that are not in good enough condition to sell.
There may be things you wouldn’t dream of sending to us, but don’t be too quick to discard them! We have other ways of selling items outside of our shops including our association with nationwide recycle merchants, who accept and recycle all kinds of surprising items.
Even if you don’t think an item is good enough to send to our shops, bring it in and we’ll get the recycle merchant to take it and raise revenue for the Hospice at the same time.
Sorry we're unable to accept the following:
While we can sell or recycle most items, there are a handful of things that we definitely can’t accept:
Firearms, replica firearms and anything explosive.
We can’t accept firearms, replica firearms (models of guns or children’s toys) or anything explosive such as fireworks.
Children’s car seats and helmets.
We can’t accept car seats and helmets because we can’t guarantee that they’ve not been in an accident.
Any soft furnishings without fire labels.
We can’t sell sofas, beds, and other soft furnishings without the necessary fire labels.
Cot and Moses basket mattresses.
Current guidelines state that new babies should sleep on a brand new mattress to minimise the risk of SIDS. We can, however, sell cot frames and Moses baskets.
Copies of DVDs, CDs and other media and entertainment
We can’t sell copies of things for copyright reasons.
Fake designer labelled clothing
It is a criminal offence to knowingly sell counterfeit goods.
Due to our inability to fully test these items and the laws governing the disposal of such items we cannot accept these items as donations ( see The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) is the European Community Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) which, together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, became European Law in February 2003)
We are unable to accepted videos in any of our stores or at the donation centre.
How and where to donate
Donating to the Hospice is easy-peasy. Please don’t leave things outside the door of a shop or warehouse though as that is classed as fly tipping – also ,we want to guard against theft and we also can’t guarantee the British weather won’t play havoc with the contents.
Donating to our Donation Centre/ Warehouse
You can drop off any bags at the designated area at our new Donation Centre / Warehouse between the hours of 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Saturday. It is located in Dodworth at Unit 16 Fall Bank Industrial Estate, Fall Bank Crescent, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3LS.
If you are dropping off items and are signed up to our Gift Aid scheme , please write your name and postcode so we can identify you for HMRC purposes.
Arranging a collection
If you’re donating large, bulky items like furniture or you have more items to donate than you can manage, then we can arrange for one of our drivers to come and collect from your home. Please call our Blucher Street Furniture shop 01226 249744 , and they will gladly talk you through it.
Please be mindful that items will assessed by our drivers and need to be of saleable quality therefore we cannot promise we will take everything. If we do we are left to dispose of it ourselves and that creates a cost to the Hospice.
We can also come and collect group donations from your place of work if you arrange a bring-a-bag-to-work day. (minimum 6 bags for collection)
To arrange a collection call our Donation Centre on 01226 240908.
For furniture collections, call 01226 249 744.
Donating to one of our shops
We have shops all around the local area. All our shops will accept donations of items during their opening hours which are 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
Our Penistone, Hoyland , Cudworth and Blucher Street shop have free car parks nearby to make it easier if you want to bring bags.