Mind charity shops raise record breaking £1.5 million since reopening
Mental health charity Mind has revealed that its 160 charity shops across England and Wales raised £1.5 million in the first month of reopening following the easing of retail lockdown restrictions in April.
With the month being the best ever for sales in Mind’s history, the funds are much needed as the charity said it has lost £13 million in retail sales since the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown last year.
Andrew Vale, managing director of Mind Retail, said: “This record-breaking month is testament to the tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers and staff, as well as our generous donors and customers. Raising £1.5 million in a month is incredible, and much-needed, to make up for the losses incurred by forced shop closures throughout the pandemic.”
In addition, Mind is currently appealing for donations as stock in shops is low after months of closure. It is also looking for more volunteers to man the stores.
Vale said: “Our wonderful staff and volunteers are doing incredible things – but they could do so much more with extra hands and donations. Due to the challenges of the pandemic, many volunteers have been unable to return – leaving shops struggling to cope. Ongoing support from staff, volunteers, donors and customers is crucial to make sure Mind’s shops can survive in this challenging climate facing our high streets.”
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