Donations to Red Cross fall after snow

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The Red Cross charity shop in Fareham has seen a drop in donations following the recent bad weather.

Now, residents are being encouraged to visit the shop in West Street after donations, sales and charity bag contributions fell over the festive period, after the snow last month.

Gareth Morgan, Red Cross general manager for retail in the south, said: 'As well as a significant negative impact on donations over the period we have also experienced a triple whammy effect of fewer donations through our doors, lower footfall and therefore lower sales in our shops, and the difficulty of generating sacks from door-to-door collection schemes, because our vans have struggled to get out to collect them.

'The weather conditions have inevitably resulted in a sharp downturn in donations so we are encouraging our donors and customers to think of us when they have items to donate, and come and see what fantastic bargains we have in store this month.'

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