St Barnabas Hospice: Broken goods costing charity thousands

A Lincolnshire charity has said it is wasting thousands of pounds disposing of broken or damaged items donated to its shops.

St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln said it spends about £8,000 each year getting rid of unsaleable goods.

Items have included broken high chairs and toys with missing parts.

Caroline Peach, assistant retail manager, said it was frustrating having to spend money on the problem.

'Slip through the net'

"We get a lot of toys that are broken - dolls without their heads and stuff that's stained - things that you wouldn't be able to sell," she said.

"It costs £7,700 each year to dispose of our rubbish and that's going to the tip twice a week, three times each day, the cost of the van, the diesel and the man hours.

"Our customers are usually very generous and we see some wonderful stuff every year, but occasionally things slip through the net and people think that 'the charity shop' will sell it, even though it's broken."

The charity has more than 20 outlets in Lincolnshire and supports 2,000 patients and their families across the county.

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