Help stock your hospice shops

COLLECTION points at leisure centres are part of a special drive to boost stock in Barnsley Hospice shops, including those at Mexborough, Wombwell and Goldthorpe.

Hospice vans will be parking up at four venues all day on Saturday (March 17) to make it easy for people to drop off unwanted goods.

The initiative is the first of its kind to be run by the hospice and is backed by Barnsley Premier Leisure.

It is part of events to mark National De-clutter Week, to encourage people to clear out their homes and help charity shops.

Barnsley Hospice has 10 beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Unit. Care is free for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition, and is also available in patients’ own homes. The hospice runs many other support services. Although it receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, the hospice has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open, and donations to its charity shops have fallen by 10 per cent.

Vans will be parked up between 10am and 4pm on March 17, at Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley; Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland; Royston Leisure Centre, Station Road, Royston, and the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Snydale Road, Cudworth.

Barnsley Hospice has seven general shops in The Arcade and Eldon Street, in Barnsley town centre, and at Wombwell, Mexborough, Goldthorpe, Mapplewell and Penistone.

Items can be donated at any shop between 9am and 4pm or left in the shed at the back of the hospice. Collections can be arranged by calling 01226 244244. Anyone thinking of donating furniture should call 01226 771715.

For further information about Barnsley Hospice, visit www.barnsleyhospice.org.uk, email enquiries@barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244244.