UNWANTED clothes or dusty clutter could save lives - that’s the message from Cancer Research UK.
The charity - which has a shop on Solihull High Street - is urging people to dig out their forgotten belongings.
These donations are a vital source of income and can make a real difference to people who are battling the killer disease.
Jackie Goodman is a borough woman who overcame two separate battles with cancer.
Now she is a member of the Solihull Vision Team, who do fundraising work for Cancer Research UK.
“I am so grateful that I am still here to enjoy life.
“Just being here is a tremendous bonus. Thanks to the research funded by Cancer Research UK I was able to beat both breast and bowel cancer.
“Donating a bag of clothes is such a simple way to help in the fight against this disease.
“The money raised is vital to keep research moving forward so that more people can survive cancer.”
In her sixties, Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through an intensive course of treatment.
She was finally given the all-clear, only to be told there was a tumour in her colon.
The cancer was caught early and was successfully removed by surgeons.
Judy Parkins, manager of the Solihull shop, said: “Cancer Research UK shops provide a large chunk of the funding for the research work the charity does so, it’s really important to maintain their income in these difficult times.
“The credit-crunch means that more and more people are looking for bargains so we really need to restock constantly.
“All you have to do is ‘Dig it Out, Bag it Up, Drop it Off’ and we’ll do the rest.”
The shop is looking for people to bring clothes, jewellery and other household goods to its special donation station.
An average bag can give the charity a £30 boost.