No tricks, just treats!

Our shops offer tasty treats to those donating unwanted clothes, toys and household goods

This Halloween, our Rainbows Shops are offering anyone who donates their unwanted things free tasty treats for each bag they bring in.

Delicious lollypops, kindly donated by Rainbows Patron and royal baker, Fiona Cairnsawait those bringing in anything from clothes and DVDs to board games and picture frames, which will then be sold at Rainbows Shops across the region. All the money raised from goods sold at Rainbows Shops helps fund the Loughborough based hospice.

Karen Bilsby, Head of Retail at Rainbows, said: “At all our Rainbows Shops this Halloween, we’re offering treats, not tricks! It’s our way to say a little thank you to our fantastic supporters who donate their unwanted items for us to sell in store. Hopefully it might encourage some of our younger supporters who might be thinking about giving away their old toys too.”

She continued: “The shops are so important in terms of helping us to raise money for the hospice. When we sell your unwanted items in our shops across the East Midlands, the money helps us provide vital needed care for local children who simply won’t live long enough. It also helps us support their families and siblings who are so are going through the most difficult of times.

Rainbows is also keen to let supporters know about a little known scheme called Retail Gift Aid, which las year helped the charity to raise an additional £16,000.

Set up by the government, Retail Gift Aid allows charities like Rainbows to claim back 25p from the taxman for every pound donated.

Karen said; “It’s so simple! Our supporters are always so generous when it comes to donating their unwanted items for us to sell, but many have no idea that, by giving us a just a few more details, they could help us to raise so much more money.”

She added: “There’s no cost to you and no strings attached, it really is as simple as that! We even have a small form ready for you to sign when you come in to drop off your unwanted items to save you time.”

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