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Rehome your unwanted Christmas gifts and help disability charity

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: January 9, 2024 | Updated: 9th January 2024

Have an unwanted Christmas gift or two? Then one of Dorset’s best-known charities would like to hear from you.

Diverse Abilities has launched a call for unwanted Christmas presents to repurpose as raffle and auction lots throughout its fundraising events in 2024.

The Great Christmas Present Amnesty takes place throughout this month.

Dorset’s disability charity will accept unwanted and new items from the festive season including beauty products, shower gel sets, cookbooks, alcohol, food hampers and more.

The only products excluded from the collection are electrical products.

Francesca Potton, Community Fundraiser, said: “We’ve all received that one present from a distant relative that doesn’t know you all that well, or even received duplicates of the same thing because some people know you really well!

“These presents don’t need to linger in the back of the cupboard anymore as we will make good use of them throughout the year.”

Gifts can be dropped off at the Diverse Abilities Head Office, above Langside School, on weekdays between 10am and 3pm.

The school’s address is Langside School, Langside Avenue, Poole, BH12 5BN. On arrival use the doors for the main office – to the right of the main school doors.

In addition, presents can also be dropped off at G&T Cards in Broadstone, Ashley Road, Boscombe (Sovereign Centre) and Poole High Street or the Coach & Horses in Wimborne.

Alternatively, individuals, community groups, and businesses can host their own collections to be dropped off at the head office together.

Francesca added: “If you want to host your own collection, then we want to hear from you.

“We’ve got a helpful fundraising pack to support you along the way and explain how these contributions make a huge difference in our fundraising events.”

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