I recently asked the Friends of my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if anyone could recommend the best places to take second hand items. (Thank you very much to everyone who responded!)
These were the responses I received. They are in no particular order.
NHM Readers Recommend Local Places for Preloved Items
Wendy said: Spotlight Centre. If you ask they can pass them onto those in need.
Penny said: Spotlight have links with social services and can pass them on but please state that they are to be passed on.
Christ Church, Chineham
Vicki said: If you take them to Christ Church, Chineham we have contact that we can pass them onto one of which is a charity that helps trafficked individuals and has safe houses and refuges amongst its range of support.
Abigail said: Besom have taken loads of my baby clothes and baby items (and other stuff like kitchen goods and bed sheets etc) and they have gone to the women’s refuge. They come and collect and all the stuff goes to people in need rather than just charity and you even get a thank you letter in the post which was a surprise.
Basingstoke Voluntary Action
I have also suggested Basingstoke Voluntary action.
Community Furniture Project
You can donate unwanted furniture here.
National Childbirth Trust – Nearly New Sales
You could register to be a seller at the regular Nearly New Sales around the area throughout the year if you want to make a few pennies back.
North Hants Hospital Children’s Ward
Kathryn has advised that good quality toys (except soft toys) and books/complete board games can be donated to the hospital by being left with the ward clerks that wear purple shirts on Charlie’s ward or outpatients.
Emma also said that the children’s wards, CDU and children’s A&E room make use of toys that can be easily sterilised. Some wards may also accept clothing and nappies as they run short.
Katie said you can give good quality branded clothes to Little Hampshire and they will sell them for you and take a cut.
Michelle said that you can donate baby and toddler items to The Baby Clothing and Equipment Service. They accept good quality clothing (ages 0-2) and equipment such as cots, prams, stair gates, baby baths and high chairs.
Baby Clothing and Equipment Service
Frimley Park Hospital
Desiree said that Frimley Park hospital are in need of toys (not soft toys) for their children’s A&E and F1 wards
Popley Little People
Run by Melrose Community Centre (a registered charity), Popley Little People always welcome donations of clean, working pre-school toys.
As every, you can always take any unwanted items to any charity shop to see them put to good use and sold for a good cause!
Is there anywhere else you would recommend?
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