Global Recycling Day blog by Ryan Perkins

The 18th March marks Global Recycling Day – an annual day to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in securing the future of our planet.

I don’t think the environmental benefits of charity retail are a surprise to anyone anymore but the numbers are still shocking. At least £31 million each year is saved by charity shops for councils in waste disposal charges by diverting 339,000 tonnes of textiles away from landfill or incineration. This reduction in landfill not only saves money but it also makes a positive difference to the UK’s carbon footprint. 

The charity retail sector is not only built on sustainable principles but it provides clothing to people at a price they can afford. We offer people the opportunity to live more sustainably with the clothes, shoes, books and furniture that we sell and the message of re-use and recycle is at the core or what we do. 

Did you know charity shops re-use or recycle more than 90% of all items donated? If our shops cannot re-use or sell an item, they will seek to recycle it via a textile recycler.

Here are our top 3 tips for maximising your recycling and how our shops can help you:

  • Re-use – we have charity shops all over Greater Manchester where you can find some fantastic second hand bargains from clothes to books, to toys and games, and we even have a wedding dress shop located in Stockport where you can find your dream dress.

Christina Green shop manager

  • Repair or up-cycle – we have specialist furniture shops where you can find a treasure trove of items, including second hand beds, chairs, tables, lamps, sofas and sideboards which could make great projects to up-cycle. Plus, if you no longer need an item of furniture then donate it to our charity shops and book a free collection.

  • Reduce – one way you can reduce your plastic waste is by using our plastic-free ECOLEAF refills for a range of household products at our Heald Green charity shop. Simply bring your containers, fill them up with your chosen products and pay at the till.

By shopping with St Ann’s, you’re not only helping the planet and bagging a bargain, but your purchase helps fund the care and support we offer our patients and their families.

Has this inspired you to recycle more?

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Bag a bargain at the February Distribution Centre Sale

St Ann’s are inviting deal-lovers to visit our Distribution Centre in Reddish on Saturday 26th February to get their hands on some of the hundreds of new and pre-loved items up for sale. 

The sale, which will be open from 9am to 2pm, will take place at St Ann’s Hospice Distribution Centre, Bankfield Industrial Estate, Unit A1, Coronation Street, Reddish, SK5 7SE.


We’ve run a few of these sales and people are always so pleased with the bargains they can get on the day.  We have so many great items, so it’s perfect for those who love to browse and come away with some good deals. We’ve had some amazing stock donated recently thanks to local people, as many have had a bit of a lockdown de-clutter.  We sell some of the items we receive in our shops around Greater Manchester or our online stores, but gather other bargain items together to sell in our special Distribution Centre sales.


Ryan Perkins, Hospice’s Trading Company

Ryan added: “The money raised from the sale will help the hospice to continue caring for local people, so while you’re picking up a bargain you can also be reassured to know that your purchases are also having a real impact on people’s lives too.

“As a charity we need to raise £20,000 a day to keep our services running so all purchases, donations, or other support that people give to St Ann’s really does make a massive difference.”

For more information, please contact the St Ann’s trading company team by emailing tradingadmin@sah.org.uk  

Shop with St Ann’s

By shopping with St Ann’s, you not only bag yourself a bargain, but your purchase helps fund the care and support we offer our patients and their families. Pop in to your local hospice shop, shop online or donate your good quality items with our free furniture collection.

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Donate your preloved wedding dress

Our charity shop in Stockport has a dedicated specialist bridal area on its second floor, for brides to arrange appointments to view, try on and purchase dresses for their big day. 


We’re appealing for any new or pre-loved wedding dresses that people can donate to our bridal shop. If you have a dress at home, please do consider donating it as the money we raise from sales will help us to continue to care for local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.


Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s

Rachel added: “Our bridal shop is popular with customers who are keen to bag a beautiful wedding outfit at a fraction of the usual price. We know many people have had to change their plans for their wedding day, and our team is here to help them to pick out the perfect outfit, however they are marking the occasion. Its a real privilege to be involved in such a special day for so many brides, and we get people travelling to our shop from all over the north west and beyond.”


Brides might have had to delay or adapt their big day due to lockdown rules, but it doesn’t mean they should compromise on their dress. We have an appointment system in place so brides can come along and browse the range of amazing new and preloved dresses we have in our Stockport shop at their leisure in a safe way. It’s a beautiful bridal room and many of the dresses we have in stock are brand new or designer too.


Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s

As well as hundreds of dresses, the shop also has a range of other bridal accessories, such as hair accessories, bridesmaid outfits and shoes. 

The store in Stockport also offers a range of vintage items for sale, as well as a specialist book shop. 

To find out more about donating your dress or to arrange a safe, socially distanced appointment with the bridal team to try on dresses or discuss your needs, call 0161 222 0576, emailstockport@sah.org.ukor pop into the shop at 33 GreatUnderbank, Stockport, SK1 1NE 

Appeal for unwanted furniture at our shops

We have shops across Greater Manchester, including our specialist furniture shops in Ardwick and Ladybarn where we sell a range of new and pre-loved furniture items, electrical goods and homeware.


Our furniture shops are always really popular, especially in the last two years when many people have been taking the opportunity to decorate or update their home during lockdown. We have an array of furniture and homewares on sale, and are appealing for donations of any items of furniture that people might be wanting to rehome. We can arrange to pick them up if they’re bulky too, so do get in touch even if you don’t have a vehicle available to drop items at one of our shops.



We also run a popular house clearance service so if local people are moving, downsizing or have a garage or other unit that they need help clearing, we can support with that too. We’re always happy to help, and people can also be assured that the money raised from the sale of the items they donate will help St Ann’s continue caring for local patients.


Ryan Perkins, Co-Head of St Ann’s Trading Company

Ryan Perkins Trading Company Assistant

Arrange for a furniture collection

For more information and to arrange a furniture collection fill out an online form to arrange a furniture collection or visit the St Ann’s shop, 164 Stockport Road, Ardwick, M13 9AB. You can also speak to the team by calling 0161 272 6299 or emailing ardwick@sah.org.uk

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Calling for shop volunteers

We’re asking local people to consider donating just a few hours of their time each week to help our shop staff raise vital funds to support local patients. 

We receive around a third of its funding from the NHS, so we rely on income from donations and our trading company to carry on our work. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many of our fundraising events and activities being postponed or cancelled, which has meant raising funds through their shops is even more important than ever to ensure we can carry on providing our specialist care. 


The hospice’s ability to fundraise has been hugely impacted by the pandemic and our shops are doing really well as local hubs for people in the community to buy new or preloved goods in a safe environment. 

However, we’re in real need of volunteers who can help our dedicated teams in a variety of ways. We’d love to hear from anyone who might be willing to help by giving a few hours of their time each week at any of our store locations – but particularly in Sale, Altrincham, and Edgeley. 

Our online sales team and staff at our distribution centre in Reddish are also looking for support from people who could help with photography, posting and packing, and sorting goods for our shops too. 

The role of a charity shop volunteer has really changed in recent years, and we see people of all ages who really benefit from the experience.  We need help with everything from window displays and merchandising, to serving customers, organising stock, and lots more in between.  There’s something to suit everyone’s needs, so please do get in touch if you might be able to help.


Ryan Perkins, Trading Company

Volunteer at our shops!

We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out at our many shops. Anyone interested in supporting the hospice can call 0161 477 7839 from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, or pop into your local St Ann’s Hospice shop and ask for details or click the link below.

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Gift Amnesty 2022

We’re asking people to consider donating any unwanted Christmas gifts this year to help people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Could you drop off any gifts, items of clothing, electrical goods or other items to your local hospice shop? Your donations will help raise the £20,000 St Ann’s needs to fundraise each day to keep our services running.


People often have a gift they’ve received over the festive season that either they never get round to using, or that doesn’t fit properly. Instead of leaving it to clutter up a cupboard in your house, we’d love you to consider donating it to our hospice shops where we can certainly make use of it.


Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice

Rachel added: “The money raised from their sale will help us to continue providing our specialist care to those who really need it, and we’d be hugely grateful for your support. The last two years have been tough for us fundraising wise, and every penny – or item – donated, really does make a big difference to the lives of our patients.”

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Donation Drive Thru

People with homes brimming with unwanted Christmas gifts or boxes of items accumulated during lockdown decluttering sessions will be able to create some much-needed space, thanks to the upcoming St Ann’s  Drive-Thru donations day.

Although ‘drive-thru’ is usually a concept people apply to food and drinks, the charity has taken the in-car concept one step further, as people recycle their unwanted goods in a new and innovative way.

We’ve run many drive-thru days at our Distribution Centre in Reddish with each proving so popular that hundreds of donations were made in just a few hours.

Our Trading Company team have arranged another date on Saturday 8th January, which is perfect timing for clearing out your homes of unwanted gifts and other items in the new year after a busy festive time.


People often have gifts they’ve received over the festive season that either they never get round to using, or that doesn’t fit properly. Instead of leaving them to clutter up a cupboard in your house, we’d love you to donate them and any other items that you don’t need at our donation day drive-thru event. Items will then be sorted and sold in one of our 10 shops across Greater Manchester or our online shops. The money raised from the sale of items will help us to continue providing our specialist care to those who really need it, and we’d be hugely grateful for your support.

People can simply drive up to our distribution centre in Reddish on 8th January any time between 9am and 12noon, and leave their goods with our friendly team. It’s a really easy to find location, just off the M60, so a quick and convenient solution if you’re trying to make space at home after Christmas.

As well as being good for the environment to recycle your pre-loved goods in this way, it also means we can sell them to raise vital funds for local patients too.


Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice

The Drive-Thru donation day will be taking place on Saturday 8th January, at St Ann’s Hospice’s Distribution Centre, Bankfield Industrial Estate, Unit A1, Coronation Street, Reddish, SK5 7SE, and drivers can drop by any time between 9am and 12noon.

Come along to our pop up shop this December

We’re holding a pop-up shop at our Distribution Centre in Reddish on Saturday 11th December, promising bargain offers on everything from gifts and other new and pre-loved items. 

The pop-up shop will be taking place at the St Ann’s Hospice Distribution Centre, Bankfield Industrial Estate, Unit A1, Coronation Street, Reddish, SK5 7SE between 9.00am and 2.00pm on Saturday 11th December.  Safety measures in accordance with government guidance are in place for all customers to follow. 


It’s been a challenging time for lots of people and we’re hoping that our pop-up shop will help customers get ready for Christmas without having to break the bank. 
As well as the new and pre-loved Christmas gifts on sale, we’ll also have some items of furniture, books, bric-a-brac and other goods for people to purchase.  It will be the perfect place to browse and get all set for the festive season, and we’re looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at this pop-up shop. 
As well as being able to bag a bargain or two, people making purchases will also be helping St Ann’s to continue caring for patients from across Greater Manchester, and their families too. You win, and those we support win too.


Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice

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