Stoney Red Cross shop appeals for donations

The British Red Cross is appealing for donations to its shop in Stonehaven, between now and April 3, to give a last-minute boost to its Clean Start Appeal.

The appeal has already raised £2.4 million but the charity is hoping to raise at least £5 million to help bring clean water to communities in Kenya and Bangladesh.

The charity is asking people to bring in a bag of unwanted good-quality goods to one of its stores or give cash before April 3 for their donation to be matched by the government.

The Red Cross shop in Stonehaven has already received 1558 bags of donated goods, putting it into the top 15 for donations in the whole of UK. But the charity is still hoping for more good-quality clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac to boost the appeal.

An average bag of donated stock is worth £25, which, when sold for the Clean Start appeal becomes £50. This could go towards water quality testing of a water system in Kenya to check that the water is safe for a community to use.

Money raised for Clean Start will change the lives of 380,000 people in Kenya and Bangladesh, where 37 million people currently live without access to clean water.

To find your nearest shop, to donate, or to find out more about the appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/cleanstart. You can also give £5, which will be doubled by the government to £10, by texting START to 70600.