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Donate to our shops

Donating your items for sale in our shops and online makes a real difference to local people facing incurable illness and bereavement, thank you.

Find out about furniture collection

Where can I donate items?

You can donate up to two bags of smaller items at any of our shops across north east Essex, or at our donation centres in Stanway and Mersea where you can also take larger amounts and big items.

Donation centre opening times

Mersea donation centre
Located alongside our popular Clothes, Furniture and Coffee shop in West Mersea. 

47 Kingsland Road, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8RA

Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Stanway donation centre
Located inbetween our popular Books, Brew and Boutique and Colchester Furnitures shops on Peartree Road, Stanway. 

Unit 2, Angora Business Park, Peartree Road, Colchester, CO3 0AB

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
2 female volunteers help sort donations

What items can I donate?

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
  • Shoes, bags, accessories and jewellery
  • Books
  • DVDs, CDs and vinyl
  • Toys
  • Bric a brac and household goods
  • Electrical items eg. TVs, HiFis, cameras etc.
  • Musical instruments

What items can I not donate?

  • Car boot sale stock
  • Life jackets and inflatables
  • Crash helmets, cycle helmets and riding hats
  • Safety harnesses
  • Lifting aids and hoisting equipment
  • Car seats
  • Bicycles
  • Soft toys without CE labels
  • White goods
  • Gas appliances
  • Oil lamps
  • Knives
  • Microwaves
  • Used pillows and duvets
  • Foot spas and other personal hygeine items including electric razors
  • Products made from real fur
  • Clothes hangers

If items are broken, in poor condition or need repair they are unlikely to be saleable. We do recycle as much as we can but the disposal of unusable items incurs a cost to us. If you are unsure if your donation is saleable, please call 01206 890 165 for advice.

There are a number of places that can home the items we cannot accept. Please visit Recycle Now to find out what to do with your unwanted goods and where to recycle them.

Furniture collection

We offer free furniture collections in north east Essex for larger items.

Larger items include:

  • Sofas, suites and armchairs
  • Tables, chairs, desks and cabinets (home office only)
  • Beds and bedroom furniture

Each individual upholstered item must have a fire label attached. All items collected need to be in good saleable condition; our collection drivers are happy to offer advice!

Request a furniture collection

Charitable recycling calculator

Every purchase you make of a pre-loved item from one of our St Helena shops has a positive impact on the environment around you. Work out the impact your purchase could have on the handy calculator below.

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