Supermarket shoppers are being encouraged to clear out their clutter and bag up their bric-a-brac during a week-long drive to help stock Cancer Research shops.
From Monday, September 23, to September 29, people can take good quality clothes, books or accessories they no longer need along to participating Tesco stores and help raise vital funds for life-saving research.
There are three Tesco stores in Northamptonshire and a total of 300 across the UK taking part in the donation drive, led by Tesco clothing brand F&F, which aims to raise £1 million worth of donated goods for the charity.
Paula Young, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Northamptonshire, said: “Many of us have items tucked away in cupboards and drawers that we have been meaning to donate but haven’t yet found the time.
“Now customers can drop off their bags when they come in to shop.
“By linking up with Tesco stores in this way we hope to make donating as easy and convenient as possible for people.
“It would be wonderful if everyone who popped in to a participating Tesco store next week could bring a bag of things they no longer need.
“All donations will be gratefully received; even a book, scarf or an old handbag filled with accessories will help us stock our shop shelves.
“Every bag received could be worth as much as £25 to Cancer Research UK and even more with Gift Aid.”
Alan Wragg, clothing technical director at Tesco, said: “F&F and Tesco are really pleased to work with Cancer Research UK on this appeal.
“F&F already donate over £1million worth of stock, including unsold clothing and accessories, to Cancer Research UK each year.
“We want our customers to help match our donation by bringing in their bags of unwanted goods to one of our 300 participating stores.”
Cancer Research UK donation bags and Gift Aid forms are being handed out in stores this week.
By returning a completed form with a bag of items, shoppers can boost the value of their donation by an additional 25 per cent.
The charity receives no Government funding so the money raised through its shops is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists working to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
To find out more about Cancer Research UK’s shops and the charity’s work visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.
The county Tesco stores taking part in the Shop & Drop week for Cancer Research UK are Kettering Extra in Carina Road, Kettering, Northampton South Extra in Clannell Road and Wellingborough Victoria Park in Turnells Mill Lane.