Local community get behind Age UK’s Big Bag Challenge

Richard Stride from the Groundlings Theatre helps 'The Big Bag Challenge' at the Age UK shop in Arundel Street Picture: Paul Jacobs (151668-5)
Richard Stride from the Groundlings Theatre helps 'The Big Bag Challenge' at the Age UK shop in Arundel Street Picture: Paul Jacobs (151668-5)
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Portsmouth residents have been praised for getting behind Age UK’s Big Bag Challenge.

The charity launched an October stock appeal to raise vital funds for older people, so the shop in Arundel Street invited Richard Stride from The Groundlings Theatre to be the special guest at the launch of the campaign.

Age UK Portsmouth has been encouraging people to donate a bag full of unwanted items to raise funds for the charity’s work supporting older people.

It is the first year the Arundel Street shop has taken part in the Big Bag Challenge as it is a new addition to the city centre, having opening in May.

The challenge has been a big success so far and the shop has already reached its target of getting 200 bags of donated items per week.

Shop manager Theresa Edwards said: ‘We want to say a big thank-you to the people of Portsmouth.

‘We made our target of 200 bags last week and we would love to see that amount come through our front door every week.

‘If you’re sorting out your wardrobes and cupboards, please donate saleable items.

‘The majority of businesses in Arundel Street Precinct have supported our campaign by asking their staff to take home our collection bags and bring donations into our shop.

‘We have had a wonderful response from them so far.

‘This has proved to be a great opportunity for us to get to know our business neighbours as our shop only opened in May and we are new to the city centre.

‘It’s quite a community here and everybody is helping out.’

Age UK shops across the country are on hand to receive bags of donations, with the goal of reaching 100,000 bags of goods.

All types of quality goods are accepted, including clothing, shoes, books, accessories and homewares.

Drop in to the shop anytime between 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

If you want to donate a large amount, a collection can be arranged by phoning (023) 9283 7538.