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Donate to our charity shops

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British Red Cross charity shops can turn your unwanted clothes and other items into cash to help people in crisis in the UK and around the world. 

How to donate

Drop items off at a Red Cross charity shop in your area. Please don’t leave donations outside the shop when we are closed as they could be stolen or ruined by the weather.

Please contact your nearest charity shop if you:

  • would like to arrange a house collection
  • are a company that would like to donate end-of-line, samples or surplus stock
  • have any particularly large items to donate that you are unable to bring yourself.

Donations we can accept

All donations must be clean, useable and of saleable quality. If you wouldn’t buy it then we probably won’t be able to sell it! The better the quality of your items, the more money we can raise from their sale.

We are always looking for:

  • unwanted gifts
  • children’s clothing, toys and games
  • men’s and women’s clothing and shoes
  • books and multimedia like DVDs, CDs and vinyl
  • accessories, non-pierced jewellery, belts, handbags
  • bric a brac, crockery, glassware, bakeware, household linen and ornaments
  • any old clothes or textiles that are no longer useable can still raise money by being sold to textile merchants.

Some shops can accept second-hand furniture and electrical equipment.

Find out more about our specialty shops.

Donations we can’t accept

We cannot sell anything that it would be unsafe for you to buy – anything that is broken, dangerous, unhygienic, where its safety cannot be proven or it would be illegal for us to sell. Please do not bring these items to us as we will have to incur costs for their disposal.

In particular, we can’t accept:

  • medication, solvents, used dentures, jewellery for pierced body-parts, cosmetics and toiletries
  • mains or bottled gas appliances, microwaves, electric fires, petrol, oil or diesel-fuelled items, batteries, computer hard drives
  • mains electrical items (apart from our designated furniture and electrical shops)
  • food or drink, poisonous, toxic or hazardous substances, tobacco
  • four-wheeled scooters, wheelchairs, bicycles, wheeled chair conveyances such as prams
  • items containing ivory, bone, turtle and tortoise-shell
  • 18 certificate, counterfeit or homemade films and music
  • crash helmets, hard hats or protective headgear and clothes
  • toys, nightwear or upholstered furniture items that don’t have the relevant safety labels
  • used children’s shoes, clothing with drawstrings, repainted cots, walkers, safety gates, car seats or nursery furniture containing upholstery
  • firearms, ammunition, weapons or realistic toy weapons, knives, blades or objects that could be used as weapons

Please contact your local shop if you have any queries.

Prescription glasses

While we cannot sell prescription glasses, you can donate them to Vision Aid Overseas via your local optician.

Gift Aid 

Donating stock to one of our shops? Ask the team if you can Gift Aid it. Just fill out one simple declaration form and Gift Aid makes every £1 worth £1.25. 

Donating to our refugee centre

We accept donations of clothing, bedding, toys and household items at our Destitution Resource Centre in Hackney. We cannot except large items (i.e furniture) or electrical products in this centre.

Emergency appeals

In the event of an emergency appeal, we gratefully welcome cash donations. Unfortunately we cannot send any donated items abroad. 

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