Prospect Hospice has launched a bid to help dispel misconceptions about charity shops.
The much-loved end-of-life care charity says some people think of charity shops as a bit drab - but that nothing could be further from the truth.
The charity is encouraging people to seek out their local Prospect shop with its 'find it for a fiver' campaign.
The initiative encourages people to pop into their shops each month and spend £5 on items they were already planning to purchase, contributing to the charity as well as being sustainable.
Victoria Canavan, head of retail at Prospect Hospice, said: “We know money is tight for everyone right now. Food and utility bills are going up, rent and mortgage rates are increasing and the cost of living just continues to soar.
"But that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy life and treat ourselves. We just might have to think a little differently about it.
“When a friend’s birthday is approaching, you might want to get them a gift but feel you can’t afford it, why not come into the hospice shops and find it for a fiver instead?
"We have plenty of gifts just ready and waiting, some pre-loved but some have never been opened. How about finding a lovely candle for them to light and enjoy at home or perhaps a stylish photo frame that you can personalise with an image of the two of you sharing a memory. It’s all in our shops and you can find it for a fiver.”
With Valentine’s Day also approaching there are an array of gifts available across the hospice’s 17 shops, plus unique outfits.
The shops have dresses, shirts, shoes and accessories, many of which are just a fiver each.
Victoria said: “'Find it for a fiver' encourages our community to rethink their spending habits and redirect £5 of their monthly budget towards a more meaningful cause. Children can also get in on the act with many of our toys priced at £5 or under too.
“We can’t wait to see the treasures our community finds."
Hospice customers are encouraged to share their finds on social media by tagging the hospice and using the hashtag #fiverfinds
To find your nearest Prospect Hospice charity shop, people can visit www.prospect-hospice.net/shops
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