CHARITY Age UK is calling on spring cleaners to think of them before getting rid of clothes and unwanted clutter.

Over the year the charity is aiming for 2.2 million bags of donations.

Margaret Bell, shop manager at Bedale for Age UK, said: “With spring finally underway and a few extra days off work, it’s that time of year when many of us get set to undertake a good old-fashioned spring clean, tackling a range of chores and clearing our homes of unwanted clutter.

“Following the coronavirus pandemic Age UK needs funds more than ever before. So rather than throwing things away, the Age UK shop in Bedale is urging people to be more eco-conscious and spring clean the sustainable way, by taking part in the charity’s 2022 Challenge and donating their unwanted items to one of its many charity shops.

“Age UK’s 2022 Challenge aims to help the charity’s shops receive 2.2 million bags of donations by the end of the year. The charity will turn every bag into bags more support for older people. Items will be sold on to be loved again, with funds raised going towards services such as Age UK’s free national advice line and its Telephone Friendship Services, which are still in huge demand from older people who have no one else to turn to.

“If you’re having a spring clean and a sort out, please try and bring at least two bags, or more if you have them, of unwanted, items to your local Age UK shop at 2a Market Place, Bedale.

"We accept clothes, shoes, books, accessories, toys and homeware, although please make sure that these are good quality and not damaged or torn. Not only will you be decluttering your home and helping us raise funds to support older people when they need it most, you will also be helping the planet by recycling and reducing waste. Donations can be increased by signing up to gift aid. That extra money doesn't cost a penny and helps us raise more valuable funds for people in later life.”