Clear Out to Help Out: Buckinghamshire Council rallies locals for donations

Are you having a spring clear out? Do you want to donate unwanted goods?


Residents are being urged to ‘Clear Out to Help Out’ this spring by donating good quality but unwanted items for resale at two South Bucks Hospice reuse shops.

The shops, run in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council and FCC Environment, are located at the Aston Clinton and High Wycombe household recycling centres (HRCs). Proceeds from the shops benefit South Bucks Hospice, which provides support for patients living with life limiting illnesses.

Residents can declutter and drop items off at any of Buckinghamshire nine HRCs open throughout lockdown. All they need to do is ensure to follow Covid safety measures once there, such as adhering to social distancing rules and wearing a mask unless exempt.

Dropping donations at Buckinghamshire’s HRCs is the perfect way to make some space in the cupboards while helping out a fantastic local cause. Items of interest include bikes, furniture and electricals and lawnmowers. These are then resold at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe, which are due to reopen 12 April along with other non-essential retail outlets.

Martin Dickman, Service Director of Neighbourhood Services at Buckinghamshire Council, said:

“We welcome Buckinghamshire residents donating unwanted goods at any of our nine household recycling centres. By donating and purchasing at our re-use shops, you are giving items a new lease of life as well as showing support to a hospice which helps so many people across the county.”

James Reseigh, Contract Manager at FCC Environment, added:

“With donations being accepted across the Buckinghamshire sites, it’s incredibly easy for residents to find a new home for unwanted goods that are taking up space in their homes. We look forward to reopening the two reuse shops and encourage locals to show their support, whether that’s through donations or purchases.”

Jackie Ward, Acting Chief Executive Officer at South Bucks Hospice, said: “This is a genuine win-win situation for everyone concerned. Residents can declutter their homes by making a valuable contribution to charity – while our patients and their loved ones benefit from the vital funds that these donations create for our services. We provide vital care to some of the most vulnerable members of society, and the majority of our money comes from fundraising and our retail shops. We are therefore very grateful to Buckinghamshire Council and FCC for working with us in partnership on this.”

Buckinghamshire Council has HRCs in Amersham, Aston Clinton, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, High Wycombe and Langley, open 9am-6pm seven days a week, and Aylesbury, Burnham and Chesham, open 9am-6pm five days a week, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Both of the Aston Clinton and High Wycombe reuse shops stock a wide selection of items for those looking to bag a bargain whilst supporting a worthwhile local cause.

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