CHRISTMAS may be over but staff at the East Lancashire Hospice are hoping for some festive spirit by urging people to donate their unwanted gifts to the cause.
Every year, the hospice helps hundreds of people who are suffering from terminal illnesses and their families, but staff say they rely on the generous support from the public to keep going.
And now they are urging people to donate their unwanted Christmas presents which they are hoping to turn into the cash to keep the service running.
Harry Grayson, head of fundraising at the hospice said: “Everyone receives presents for birthdays and for Christmas which are not ideally suited to them and invariably these presents are stored away and never used until spring cleaning forces them to clear out. Then they are sent to charity shops, jumble sales, bring and buy sales and other worthwhile causes.
“Regardless of what the unwanted gifts are, whether large or small the hospice can turn these into cash by using them as tombola and raffle prizes or by offering them for sale in the hospice shop on King William Street, Blackburn.
“If anyone would consider donating their unwanted gifts and assist the hospice with their fundraising then we will be delighted to hear from you.”
Anyone wishing to donate any items or who would like more information should contact the hospice on 342810.