We are closing our Donation Station charity shop at Anglia Square at the end of February.
The decision was prompted by the forthcoming building works in the shopping complex and the anticipated reduction in footfall. In addition, rising costs meant the shop was not breaking even.
CEO Dr Jan Sheldon said, “Our purpose as a charity is to support people out of homelessness by providing housing, support and care. We consider very carefully how we spend our funds, and it was agreed that it was no longer viable to run the Donation Station as a retail outlet. We will continue to invite donations from members of the public and local businesses, and will continue to distribute these to the people we support.”
“We would like to thank the wonderful community around Anglia Square for supporting the Donation Station, and the committed volunteers who have given their time so generously.”
We received substantial support from the local community, businesses and faith groups over the Christmas period, so are not in need of any donations of items currently. As needs arise, an up-to-date list of items will be published on the charity’s website here and on social media channels. Donations typically needed include new toiletries, underwear, towels in good condition, packet and tinned food. These items can be dropped off directly to St Martins’ hostels at Bishopbridge House (45 William Kett Close, NR1 4FD) and Dibden Road (2 Dibden Road, NR3 4SN)