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Highland Hospice stunned by generous donations

Highland Hospice have run the campaign for more than 25 years to raise awareness of the charities work.
Highland Hospice have run the campaign for more than 25 years to raise awareness of the charities work.

One of the north’s biggest charities has been forced to temporarily close its doors to donations, such has been the incredible support from the community.

The Highland Hospice reopened its retail warehouse in Inverness on June 17, accepting donations for the first time since lockdown was imposed.

The charity estimates it has lost out on about £1 million in funds due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But over the last month, officials say they have been “overwhelmed” by the public’s generosity, with donations pouring in each day.

Such has been the volume of items, the charity will close the warehouse on Harbour Road this week to help volunteers sort through the “high volume of donations”.

Retail Manager Susan Cooper said: “We are so grateful for the support we’ve received since reopening and would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

“We will be delighted to receive further donations once our staff and volunteers catch up on sorting through what we’ve already been given.”

Highlanders are being asked by the charity to hold onto their household items until the warehouse reopens next week.

All donations gifted to the charity are being collected at the warehouse before being transported to a temporary facility nearby, where they remain in quarantine for 72 hours.

The support charity has reopened two of its Highland charity shops, in Dornoch and Beauly, with preparations are underway to reopen the shop in Thurso.

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