Donations – UPDATE

So overwhelming is the kindness of St Luke’s supporters who’ve been donating tonnes of items to our re-opened charity shop at Western Approach, we’ve had to temporarily press pause on our acceptance of more donations!
Don’t worry, we’re working hard to remedy this but, for now, we’d really appreciate your patience in holding on to your unwanted furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac while we safely sort through the tonnes we’ve already received.
Though it’s only a fortnight since our doors re-opened, thousands of pre-loved goods have already filled our huge 8,000sq ft storage space to capacity, so please bear with us while we process them all in accordance with the government safety guidelines, which include us quarantining each item for 72 hours.
We’ll let you know as soon as we can safely re-open our ‘drive in and donate’ self-service facility at the rear of the store. In the meantime, please keep shopping with us. Thanks to our generous supporters, there are more bargains than ever to be snapped up!

Our city-centre pop-up shop at the former Toys R Us site at Western Approach, Plymouth is still open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm for shopping only, with our City Centre Drake shop being next in early July. Our free furniture collection service and donation point at the distribution centre in Plympton is also temporarily unavailable.

Shop with us

We have good news for the many kind-hearted supporters who, in ‘normal times’, demonstrate their love for St Luke’s by donating to – and shopping at – our charity shops across Plymouth and surrounding areas. After the weeks you’ve spent patiently waiting for our stores to re-open safely, we’re delighted to let you know that this carefully planned, phased process is about to begin… gradually!

Following detailed preparations to ensure we adhere to official health and safety guidance relating to retail outlets, we will start by re-opening our city-centre pop-up shop at the former Toys R Us site at Western Approach, Plymouth on Tuesday 23 June (open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm), with our City Centre Drake shop being next in early July. Our free furniture collection service and donation point at the distribution centre in Plympton is temporarily unavailable.

We recognise that our supporters living some distance from these locations, including more in rural areas, may feel frustrated that their local St Luke’s charity shop isn’t re-opening just yet, but please be assured that we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the process we follow keeps everyone safe, so please continue to be patient and we will update you as soon as we can.

While much within our pop-up store at the Toys R Us site will be familiar, including good-quality pre-loved furniture and brand new mattresses for sale at bargain prices, the shop will also have the new introduction of clothing along with crockery, books and CD’s.

Naturally, this large, centrally located shop will include all the safety measures you would expect during this pandemic, many of which you will be familiar with if you have been shopping at supermarkets in recent weeks: hand-sanitising facilities, aisle markings to ensure social distancing, limited numbers of people admitted at any one time, and contactless payments preferred, for example. In addition, for the time being we are requesting that you do not try on clothes or handle items you do not wish to buy.

For your peace of mind, be assured to guard against possible spreading of infection, all donated goods will be stored on site for 72 hours before we put them on sale.