Southend homeless charity offers free collections as charity shops prepare to re-open

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HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, is offering free collections of furniture and large donations of other items as its charity shops prepare to open their doors to the public when lockdown restrictions ease on Monday.

Along with other non-essential retail, HARP’s charity shops will re-open on Monday April 12 as England enters the next phase of the government’s roadmap to ease lockdown.

The charity is also taking collection bookings for furniture and larger donations of at least three large bags of other items such as clothing and bric-a-brac.

“We’re really excited to welcome our wonderful customers and supporters back to our charity shops,” said Tracy Dulwich, head of charity shops for HARP.

“Our shops help to generate vital income to help local people to overcome homeless whilst raising awareness of homelessness in and around Southend, so they are an important part of HARP’s work in the local community.”

HARP’s charity shops on Southend High Street, Hamlet Court Road and Leigh Broadway, and their furniture shop on London Road, will be open 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), from Monday April 12.

The charity hopes to add Saturday opening from the end of April.

Tracy continued: “We rely on donations of items from the local community to raise funds for our work, so we are inviting people in South Essex to book a collection for unwanted furniture and large donations of other items now.

“Smaller donations can be dropped off at our charity shops during opening hours once we re-open.”

You can find all the details of HARP’s charity shops and request a free collection on HARP’s website at

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