Spotlight On Our Shopping Habits

61% of people in Wales donate clothes to charity shops that have never been worn according to new research.

The regions' ever changing waistlines are amongst the most popular reasons for donating unwanted goods. Nearly three quarters (71%) of Welsh people donate clothes to charity shops because they've become too small to wear and almost half of clothes (45%) have been donated because they've become too big.

Scope's survey to highlight people's charity shopping and donating habits is being released to mark the charity's national donation drive, known as the Great Donate, and shows that nearly a third (32%) of people admit to having up to five unworn items in their drawers.

Over the next two weeks all 225 Scope shops across the country are urging their community to clear out their cupboards and bring their unwanted goods into their local branch to help smash the target of receiving one hundred thousand bags of donated goods.

Each bag donated to Scope can help pay for two calls to Scope's helpline, giving disabled people and their families vital support and information, or cover the cost of providing advice from a trained professional on Scope's Online Community for one whole day.

David Styles, Retail Manager at disability charity Scope, says: "If you can't shut your chest of drawers or have a wardrobe bursting at the sides then, we'd love you to 'clobber your clutter' and become one of our Great Donate Heroes.

"Scope finds a good home for every donation. We sell everything from designer outfits to your old bric-a-brac and our mission is to find a new home for the items you no longer love.

"Times are now tougher than ever for the 13 million disabled people living in Britain and your donations can make a huge difference.

"On average, each bag of donated goods raises £20 - that means you could help us raise millions of pounds to support disabled people and their families, just by parting with a few items of your unwanted clothing."

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