Charity Shops are Closed | Declutter Encouraged | Use Charity Online Shops

By Alan Winter


Keech Hospice Care took the difficult decision to close all their shops last week.

A statement on the Keech website says, “This is not a decision we have made lightly: as a charity, we rely heavily on our shops’ income. The decision has been made with the wellbeing and safety of our staff, volunteers and customers in mind.

“We are asking people, if they are at home, to take this opportunity to declutter and have a clearout of cupboards, wardrobes and attics. People should store their great clutter in a safe place and, when we reopen our doors, please drop it at your nearest Keech Hospice Care shop so we can turn your great clutter into great care!

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back as soon as it’s safe for us to reopen. In the meantime, please enjoy a good #DeclutterForKeech!”

To find your nearest Keech Hospice Care shop, visit or Keech on Ebay


Age UK  shops in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton are currently closed but suggest that you can still shop on eBay.  Their spokesperson said, “To comply with current Government advice and to protect our staff, volunteers and supporters, we have decided to close our shops due to COVID-19. You can still shop on our eBay shop, and all profits will support our vital work for older people”


BHF, West Street's Dunstable's furniture and electrical store is closed.
A statement on their site says, “Along with their network of shops and stores, eBay and online shop are now temporarily closed as we seek to protect our staff, volunteers, customers and partners from the spread of coronavirus Covid-19.

“Sadly, we’re unable to accept donations and ask that no items are left outside shops or at our donation bank sites during this time. However, we will hugely appreciate them once back up and running, so please hold onto anything you wish to donate until then.


With the Oxfam shop in High Street North, Dunstable, and Manchester Street, Luton both closed, there is always their online shop

Oxfam have opened up a Coronavirus appeal to help the poorest countries out. A spokesperson said, “Right now, we’re all deeply worried that the coronavirus is a global threat to anyone with underlying health issues. It’s even more worrying that the poorest and most vulnerable people in all societies are likely to suffer the most.

“At home and in all countries around the world billions of people already struggle to earn a living, without the threat of isolation and job losses. Half the world’s population don’t have access to basic medical care, and millions are already facing threats like famine and cholera. And if the disease hits refugee camps where people don’t have easy access to washing facilities or health care, the coronavirus will be devastating.”

To donate to this appeal go to Oxfam Appeal


All 600 of Cancer Research's charity shops are temporarily closed. Their eBay, Depop, and flower shops are not currently able to dispatch orders, although you're welcome to place new ones.

Cancer Research online shop, Stand Up To Cancer Shop and Race for Life Shop are operating as usual and they are following the advice of Public Health England.

Find links to these Cancer Research outlets here.


More than 90 YMCA shops across England and Wales closed last week due to coronavirus, including the one in Dunstable's Queensway. With the Dunstable branch in Queensway, and other branches closed, YMCA say they face a £5 million pound deficit and are appealing for financial donations.


Forces Support are based in the Broadwalk. All of their branches were closed with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020.


Based in Bullpond Lane, the Salvation Army in Dunstable Corps plays a key role within the local community, offering church, a social centre for local groups to use our building for their own events and many social services to support those in need. Donations can be made online.


Sue Ryder Centres are currently completely closed to visitors.  Exceptions can only be made on compassionate grounds if visiting a loved one in the very last days of life.  More information here.

Sue Ryder support people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – they're there when it matters. Their doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can. Donations can be made to Sue Ryder Care online.

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