How to donate clothes to charity during lockdown

Where to donate your unwanted clothes right now.
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It’s the perfect time to clear your wardrobe – but where can you donate your clothes during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK?

All non-essential shops are closed, so unfortunately donating to charity shops the traditional way is off the cards.

Luckily, there are still a few ways to pass on your unwanted items as many charity shops trade online. Here, we show you how.

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Where can I donate my clothes during lockdown?

British Heart Foundation is asking people to send their unwanted clothing via a freepost donation service. Head to its website, where you can download a label, print it off, attach it to a parcel full of your unwanted items, then head to a Collect+ drop-off point for it to be sent back to the charity.

Disabilities charity Sense are offering the same service, with more information about how to send postal donations available here.

Salvation Army are encouraging those with unwanted clothes to donate to its clothing banks. You can find your nearest clothing bank and more information here.

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How can I book charity shop donation collections during lockdown?

Despite the UK lockdown, icollectclothes.co.uk are still offering a collection service for unwanted clothing.

Simply head to the website, book a collection and leave the items outside your house in a bag to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Read about the charities iCollectClothes support.

Which charity shops aren’t accepting donations at all?

Other charity shops, such as Cancer ResearchCancer Research and Oxfam are asking people to hold on to their items until the restrictions are eased and charity shops are able to reopen again. 

Both have online shops, which are a great way to get second-hand, sustainable and affordable buys from home while supporting charities.

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Can I recycle my clothes during lockdown?

There are recycling banks dotted all around the UK, so head to Recycle Now to find your nearest clothing bank.

How have charities been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many have reported a loss because of the COVID-19 restrictions. CRUK estimated a 20 to 25 percent fundraising drop due to the pandemic, meaning its been forced to cut its research funding by £45 million.

Similarly, mental health charity Mind lost £1.5million in sales during the Christmas period, while calls to its Infoline doubling in October 2020.

There’s really never been a better time to support charities.

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