Urgent appeal for people to #DeclutterForKeech

Keech Hospice Care is urging people to #DeclutterForKeech and urgently donate their good quality clutter so it can provide excellent care for adults in Luton and South Beds and children in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes with life-limiting illnesses.

Children's Palliative Care Support Worker Rosey McGreevy, Children’s Senior Staff Nurse Nicky Blackwood, patient Lauren Baird, patient Charlie Farmer, Children’s Day 
Support Play Specialist Jennie Collier and Day Support Team Leader Sara Grisaffi

As a charity, Keech Hospice Care has seen a rise in items unsuitable to sell being donated, resulting in less money for it to be able to continue supporting those in need.

Angela Burgess, Head of Retail at Keech Hospice Care, said the charity is feeling the impact.

“We simply need more and better quality items. Over £1million of our funding comes from money generated by our charity shops. We desperately need people to hand in and help out so we can turn great clutter into great care.

“We’re so grateful for people’s support. Sadly, though, because of the rise we’ve seen in unsaleable donations, we’ve lost the equivalent of two-thirds of a year’s worth of a nurse’s care - that’s like losing a nurse from now until Christmas,” said Angela.

Day Support Team Leader Sara Grisaffi, patient Charlie Farmer and Children’s Day Support Play Specialist Jennie Collier
The charity’s #DeclutterForKeech campaign, which launches this week across the region, is urging people to have a good clear out and hand in their unwanted items to their local Keech Hospice Care charity shop in Bedfordshire such as Bedford, Sandy or Luton.

“Most of us have wardrobes, cupboards and lofts with great items in, which we never wear or use anymore,” said Angela. “It’s exactly this stuff we need and which will make such a difference to helping us provide the best care for children and their families at a time in their lives they need Keech Hospice Care the most.”

Backing #DeclutterForKeech is fashion stylist and make-up artist to the stars, Lewis-Duncan Weedon from Harpenden - whose grandfather Jack was supported by Keech Hospice Care.

“I’m appealing to everyone, please empty your wardrobes, kitchen cupboards, the kids’ toybox and have a good clear out!,” said Lewis-Duncan. “My granddad died at the end of last year at the hospice. He had cancer and after his 90th birthday he deteriorated quite badly. He went to Keech Hospice Care in Luton and the nurses were absolutely incredible.

Celebrity stylist and make-up artist Lewis-Duncan Weedon is supporting #DeclutterForKeech
“I donate regularly to my local Keech Hospice Care shop and I know first-hand what a difference this incredible charity makes to the whole family’s life.

“When I found out Keech Hospice Care relies on its community to raise 70 per cent of the £5.6million it needs every year to keep running, I went home and did a #DeclutterForKeech. I urge everyone to please do the same and hand in and help out!,” he said.

People can donate their quality items including: clothing, toys, and home accessories to any of Keech Hospice Care’s 32 shops across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, the hospice in Great Bramingham Lane, Luton, or arrange for furniture to be collected for free by calling 0800 032 3440. For more information visit our #DeclutterForKeech page.