Donations of clothes, books and bric-a-brac are urgently needed to help fill shelves at Oxfam in Didsbury.
December’s big freeze saw donations fall to a record low with some Oxfam shops receiving less than half of what would normally be expected to come in during the run-up to Christmas.
‘People just could not get out to our shop with their usual bags of goodies,’ said Didsbury Oxfam manager, Wendy Elliott.
‘We have started to see donors coming back but we really need a record January if we are to make back what the charity has lost.’
Everyone bringing goods to the shop on Wilmslow Road will be asked to sign up to Oxfam’s Gift Aid programme, a scheme which allows charities to reclaim the tax on any cash donated by UK tax-payers.
‘This allows Oxfam to get an extra 28p for every pound raised from the sale of donated stock at no cost to the donor,’ explained Wendy.
The charity also operates a scheme with Marks and Spencer whereby any donor bringing in at least one Marks and Spencer item gets a £5 discount voucher for the high street store.
‘The people of Didsbury have been so generous in supporting us over the years. We really need their help again now. Sales in December were really disappointing. If anyone is having a clearout after Christmas please think of Oxfam this January.’