Cullercoats business celebrates one year of clearing the clutter and supporting St Oswald’s Hospice.
Founder Cath Hindle started the business after leaving NewcastleGateshead Initiative, having decided the time was right to take on a new challenge. She now applies the 20 years of organisational and people skills she'd built up to organise people's lives and homes.
I was approached by St Oswald's Hospice early on to partner with them so that decluttered items can be rehomed instead of thrown away whilst raising money for one of North East's favourite charities.
People are far more likely to let go of things they no longer want or need if they know it will go to a good home. Therefore my partnership with St Oswald's has become an integral part of my business as a name that people trust and want to support. I’ve had a few interesting items donated over this first year including; a signed photo of Johnny Depp, a six foot teddy bear, a brand new Agent Provocateur corset and over 25 bags of brand new clothes with the labels on that have never been worn.
The partnership between St Oswald's and Clear the Clutter has generated donations that have raised around £2000 for us already.
Laura Barrett, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice said:
From our first meeting, Cath understood how her business was able to make such a difference to us. When working with clients’, Cath suggests that unwanted items are given to St Oswald’s then fills our charity bags and drops them off at our nearest shop. We’re even able to claim Gift Aid when items are sold. It’s been lovely working alongside her and I really can’t wait to see what the second year brings.
Cath could truly see the opportunity to make a real impact, in not only helping St Oswald’s, but also in her commitment to reducing waste, which mirrors ours at the hospice perfectly. We are extremely aware of our environmental footprint and we discard as little as possible so we upcycle furniture, circulate stock around our shops to give it the best chance of selling, recycle what can’t be sold and do all we can to minimise landfill.
Our 24 charity shops help us to reach the £7.5m we need to raise through voluntary giving every year. Partnerships like this are vital to help keep us running, as well as the support from people in our local area who are continually donating and purchasing items at our shops. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Cath, her clients and all of our incredible supporters who help us to keep providing specialist care to the community.
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