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Help raise money for Haiti

21 January 2010

A hand putting money in a Red Cross collecting bucketIf you don’t want to donate cash to benefit Haiti, you can now donate unwanted goods to British Red Cross shops.

Until Saturday 13 February, our 323 shops around the UK will accept items donated specifically to the DEC appeal. We do not send donated goods overseas, but money from the sale of these items will go directly to the appeal.

You can drop off good quality clothing, books, homeware and unwanted gifts at your local Red Cross shop. You should say at the time that you want your goods to be sold for Haiti and they will then be labelled for shoppers to see.

Fundraising across UK

Meanwhile, dozens of fundraising collections and events are taking place across the UK.

Tesco opened its doors all last week to allow fundraisers to collect for the appeal at its stores across the UK.

Mark Astarita, director of fundraising, said: "We'd like to thank Tesco for allowing us to collect in their stores for the DEC appeal. We really appreciate being in partnership with an organisation that understands what a difference it can make to act quickly in an emergency. The money raised over the week will be a great boost to the appeal total."

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Tesco executive director, said: "This is a terrible tragedy which has really touched people's hearts around the world. Tesco made one of the first corporate donations of £50,000 to get the relief effort underway quickly through the British Red Cross. But we know that our customers and staff want to do more. So we are delighted that collections outside our stores as part of our partnership have raised further significant amounts of money to help Haiti."

Football fans text to give

A volunteer in a Red Cross shopElise BlackshawMeanwhile, dozens of fundraising collections and events are taking place across the UK.

Manchester City fans gave £5 to the DEC for each goal scored during the match against Manchester United at Eastlands stadium on Tuesday 19 January. Fans donated using DEC’s SMS text-to-give donation service and also put thousands in Red Cross volunteers’ collecting buckets.

In London, three West End theatres held collections at performances on Saturday 16 January, while university students in Durham held a RAG raid and Southampton University organised a cake sale.

Grateful for all support

Red Cross volunteers across the country are also getting behind the appeal. Local volunteers raised £2,500 in Yeovil, Somerset and £6,000 in Jersey. And in Lincoln, street collections brought in more than £8,000 in just one day.

A number of companies and organisations also made very generous donations to the appeal, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Barclays, Tesco, Vodafone, Nomura and the City of London Corporation.

Sir Nicholas said: “We are grateful to everyone who has supported the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal and the British Red Cross’ own appeal, whether you are a student, company or local fundraising group. Your support will help us bring essential relief to the people of Haiti, who have suffered so much.”

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