Donate your unwanted presents to help support older people

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to extend the season of goodwill and donate unwanted Christmas gifts to charity shops.

Donna Wilkins, shop manager at the Age UK shop in Fareham, said: ‘It can be difficult knowing what do to with gifts that will never be used. However, by donating unwanted Christmas presents or old items to our shop people will be helping a great cause.

‘Not only could they be another person’s treasure, your donations will also help us brighten up 2016 for an older person and that’s why we are urging everyone in the area to have a clear out and get rid of any items they don’t fancy holding on to – they will really help us kick off the new year and raise vital funds.’

The money raised through Age UK’s shops goes towards supporting the charity’s work for older people delivering hands-on services such as lunch clubs and home safety checks, as well as its free advice line and campaigning.