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Charity shops set to ‘ride the storm’

CHARITY shops in Shirley say they are coping well in the recession despite a recent report which claims that some could face collapse in the current tough economic climate.

CHARITY shops in Shirley say they are coping well in the recession despite a recent report which claims that some could face collapse in the current tough economic climate.

Called How Charities can Survive the Recession, the work published this month and written by Gill Wootton, an independent fundraising consultant, claims that with charity incomes already falling, some weaker charities could fold during the economic downturn.

Gill Wootton, who runs Wootton George Consulting Limited, in Staffordshire, offers help, advice and support to charitable organisations such as Birmingham Settlement and Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Mrs Wootton said: “Those that have not prepared for hard times may collapse and those that survive will be the ones that take a strategic approach, review their opportunities and are prepared to adapt to changing times.”

“Charities owe it to their beneficiaries to review their plans to ensure their survival beyond 2009.”

Jacky Richards, manager of the PDSA shop in Stratford Road, Shirley, which raises funds for animals, said: “Business is fine. It is a good time for us, people are shopping in charity stores, stock is flowing in and customers are getting quality bargains.

“All of our outlets are operating as normal and we haven’t lost staff, we are trading as normal.

“We had a big managers’ meeting last week where we were told we were going to ride the storm and pull out all the stops to do so.”

Tracey Voyce, manager of the Marie Curie shop, also in Stratford Road, Shirley, said: “Business is fairly even keel. Over Christmas it was a little quiet.

“We are still having quite a few donations of clothing and goods from the public, but we think people may be hanging on to some of them.”

Anyone wanting further information about the report, which is available free to charities, can e-mail gill@wgconsulting.co.uk for more details.

l Charities are still anxious to receive your donations. People doing an early spring clean or just a post-Christmas tidy up should take unwanted goods to the local shops where they will be gratefully received. At the same time, you’ll also be helping people less fortunate than yourself.

 

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