Donation Centre wins big at ‘green’ awards
St Catherine’s Hospice is celebrating after scooping a prize at an annual awards ceremony recognising community projects working to benefit the environment.
The volunteer-run Donation Centre within St Catherine’s grounds won the Best Voluntary Project award at the Red Rose Resource Awards, organised by Lancashire Community Recycling Network.
The team, including Natalie Cornall and Heather Taylor pictured,were presented with a glass trophy made out of recycled TV screens and a cash prize of £1,000 which will be re-invested into the hospice.
The Donation Centre is run by volunteers who sort and distribute donated good-quality items including clothing, books, shoes bric-a-brac and electrical goods to the 13 hospice shops around the community.
They also sort through other materials such as cardboard, metals and textiles which are then recycled.
The centre helps raise much-needed cash for the hospice by equipping the charity shops with quality bargains. Since it was relocated to the hospice grounds earlier this year, the number of donations has doubled and the project has raised more than £13,000.
The volunteers who work there have also benefitted greatly from their experiences.
Rachel Hewitt, head of trading at the hospice, said: “Socially we’ve seen the volunteers go from strength to strength even losing some along the way who have felt confident enough to try working as a result of their experience.”
Rachel added how thrilled the team was to have won the award, and said: “It is wonderful recognition for the hard work of all our volunteers.”
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