DR Kershaw’s Hospice is appealing to members of the local community to help gather items for when their portfolio of shops re-open and donate the items during "Donations Days" which are taking place from June 9 to 11.

The hospice, based on Turf Lane, Royton has several shops throughout the borough which sell a variety of goods including clothes, toys, books, CD’, records, cassettes, and bric-a-brac.

It costs £3.6 million a year to run the hospice and the shops help to provide vital income towards keeping the doors open and treatment free for patients.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is appealing for a range of items which can be resold, like good quality clothes, homewares, small furniture items such as coffee tables, bookcases and display cabinets, as well as small electrical items such as toasters, kettles and lamps.

The hospice will not accept any of the following - cots, prams, buggies, child car seats, televisions, old computers, or printers. For any larger furniture items, Dr Kershaw’s asks that members of the public contact Surplus Stock on 0161 222 0808 who will sell these items on their behalf.

To receive donations the hospice has set up dedicated donation days at their Royton, Shaw, and Lees shops, from June 9 to 11 from 10am-2pm each day.

This is so items can be quarantined for 72 hours, sorted and cleaned as required. Customers are advised to call the shops first to avoid overcrowding and unnecessary contact, ensuring the safety of all customers and staff.

Donations will be limited to a maximum of six bags per person. The donation days will be carefully coordinated so that staff and members of the public can be socially distant whilst dropping off their donations.

Rebecca Bentham, head of income development, at Dr Kershaw's said: "Over the last few weeks we have asked the local community to ‘Save It. Store It. Donate It.’, and now the time has come to ‘Donate It,’ and rid your homes of clutter and unwanted items. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure.

"By donating your goods you will help the Hospice to raise vital funding, which will help a patient to spend their last days in our care, giving them time with their loved ones, to create precious forever-memories, pain-free, in comfort and with dignity. What an amazing gift.”

Shops Locations: are Lees Hospice Shop, 99 High Street, Lees, Oldham, OL4 4LY, tel: 0161 628 7100;

Shaw Hospice Shop, 50-52 Market Street, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8NH, tel: 01706 290973; Royton Hospice Shop, 14 Market Square, Royton, Oldham, OL2 5QD, tel: 0161 652 8707