A charity shop is desperately appealing for people to come forward after donations have declined by more than 20 per cent since Christmas.
Staff at the RSPCA Bedfordshire North Branch’s charity shop in Thurlow Street, Bedford have expressed fears over the decline in donations.
They say a lack of donations means that stock is low and takings are down.
This ultimately means it is harder to look after the many local animals that desperately need help.
Shop manager Isabel Martins said: “We aren’t really sure why the amount of donations has slowed down. We always experience a quiet period immediately after Christmas, but this has continued.
“The bad weather may have encouraged more people to stay at home.
Also, because of the re-development of the bus station, a number of routes have been diverted so they no longer stop close to our shop. This might make donating for some people less convenient.
“Whatever the reason, we are very worried. We need stock to raise funds so we can help the animals. So, we are appealing for people to make the extra effort to have a sort out at home and bring in any unwanted items.”
It is after old clothing, bric-a-brac, small furniture and small furniture,
Call 01234 266965 or go to www.rspca-bedfordshirenorth.org.uk