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Don’t Bin It - Donate It

May 24, 2020 8:00 AM

Emmaus Village CarltonIf you have things that you no longer want, or need, that can be reused don't throw them away. Donate instead and give them a new life.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many charities are struggling due to a lack of donations and so a lack of income.

Emmaus Village Carlton, who provide a home and meaningful work for formerly homeless adults in Bedfordshire, is reopening for donations on Wednesday 27 May.

The site will will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10.30am-4pm. Items accepted include clothing, books, upholstered furniture with a fire label attached, electrical items less than 10 years old in good working order. At the current time, Emmaus is not able to offer their usual collection service.

People wishing to make a donation must book an appointment before visiting, to manage visitor numbers and ensure everyone can social distance while visiting. Visitors without an appointment will be asked to book and return at another day/time. You can book an appointment by calling 01234 720826, Wednesday-Sunday, 10.30am-4pm.

Angela Foll, Chief Officer from Emmaus Village Carlton said "The closure of our site due to COVID-19 has closed our ability to generate income. We rely on the income from good quality donated items that we can sell in our shops to support up to 42 formerly homeless people living and working on our site. More than ever, we are asking customers to support us and think about donating their good quality items to us rather than sending them to landfill."

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "We are encouraging people to think twice before they go to throw away things they no longer need. Whether it's electrical items, furniture or clothing, if it's still in good condition then there will be someone out there who wants it. Make the sustainable choice by reusing and recycling, help someone in need, and support a fantastic charity right here in Bedford Borough all at the same time."

Visit www.emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton to find out more.