Hospice Appeals for Donations as Demand for Winter Clothing Reaches all Time High

Categories: Community Engagement and Fundraising.

Demand for warm winter clothing breaks all previous records at Heart of Kent Hospice Shops fuelled by cost-of-living crisis.

The last two weeks saw unprecedented demand and, as a result, the Hospice is asking for more donations of good quality winter clothing to meet the increased demand for pre-loved clothes this winter.

If you are thinking of decluttering your wardrobe, Heart of Kent Hospice can make great use of your donations at their shops.   Giving unwanted clothes and household items to sell in charity shops is also a great way to be kind to the environment.

Mark Mickelburgh, Head of Retail at Heart of Kent Hospice said: “We have never seen such strong demand for our winter clothing.  We are seeing more people shopping with us than ever before, but this means we now urgently need more donations to keep up with demand.  We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support and for their shop donations, as all the money raised goes towards the Hospice providing outstanding care and support.”

Heart of Kent Hospice has 14 shops across Kent and can be found at Aylesford, Coxhead, Lenham, Parkwood, Snodland, Tunbridge Wells, Borough Green, Headcorn, Larkfield, Senacre, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, West Malling and The Mall in Maidstone.

To donate to any of the Hospice shops, please telephone the shop in advance to arrange for someone to take delivery of your donation.

For anyone who is unable to visit the shops, there is also the opportunity to shop on the Hospice eBay store.  A Facebook group has also been set up called ‘Heart Of Kent Hospice Shops Group’ which has all the latest shop news and promotions.

To find out more about Heart of Kent Hospice shops visit www.hokh.org/support-us/support-our-shops/find-a-shop/


About Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice has been providing free, compassionate, end-of-life care to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling and the surrounding towns and villages for the past 31 years.

The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of its care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.

Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life. We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.

Last year the Hospice cared for over 1,800 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our services cost £5 million a year to run, and we depend heavily on our loyal community of supporters, whose generous donations and fundraising activities raise over £4 million.


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