Charity Shop Donations

We are always grateful for donations to our Cardinal Hume Centre charity shop; everything we receive helps us to do more for families in Westminster.

There are however a few things that sadly we’re unable to take, and we’d hate for anyone to have a wasted journey to us, so please check the list below before donating your items.

Basic / value priced items are perfectly fine. In fact, they are preferable in many cases. Stretch your money wisely and get as much as you can (of a decent basic quality) in order to help as many people as possible. Even just a few pounds will go a long way. If you see a “buy one, get one free” offer in the supermarket, why not choose that item instead of your usual brand? Some people just add £10 to their big shop

Many people are in fuel poverty, so like things that can be eaten cold or with minimal boiling. Many families only have a kettle.

Priority items indicated with *

Dry items

*White rice or brown rice (not big sacks)

*Basmati rice

*Chick peas / Lentils

*Dried pasta Couscous

Dried beans / peas (such as black eyed beans, dried lentils, etc)

Soups – packet

Packet noodles (ideally ones that just need hot water added)

Cereal bars

Flour

Sugar (small bags)

Tea bags (everyday)

Instant mash potato

Dried fruit (e.g. raisins)

Quinoa

Breakfast cereals (basic brands)

Muesli

Jars

*Pasta sauces

*Hot Sauce

Honey

Peanut butter

Instant coffee

Liquids

*Cooking oil

Long life / UHT milk Semi-Skimmed

Long life fruit juice

Squash

Canned foods (with pop-top lids ideally)

*Tinned tomatoes (cheapest is fine, often chopped)

*Canned pulses such as lentils or beans

Coconut milk

Tuna

Sardines

Tinned vegetables

Tinned fruit

Tinned meat

Rice pudding

Sweetcorn

Chick-peas

Toiletries

*Sanitary pads (not tampons)

Wet wipes

Deodorants (unisex)

Soap

Shampoo / 2 in 1

Shower gel

Disposable razors

Nappies (disposable, unisex). Size 3, 5, 6 are popular

Toothpaste

Body moisturiser

Household (please bag these separately away from food)

Kitchen roll

Household cleaning products

Washing powder / gel

Washing up liquid

“Environmentally friendly” household products are preferred, to reduce the volume of harmful substances

Kid’s treats

Snacks/ treats for pack lunch

Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)

Chocolate bar

Biscuits

Tinned fruit

Raisins

Other

*Store vouchers (Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc.)

*Spices (turmeric, paprika, all spice, dried garlic)

Carrier bags (not the 5pm type, but the heavier grade / ‘bag for life’)

Black pepper

Chilli powder

AA batteries (new, in packaging)

Can opener (cheap, basic)

Phone chargers (new)

Seasonal – Winter months

Gloves (adult / child), woolly hats, child scarf.

Sleeping bags (used are fine, clean)

 

Less popular:

Baked beans

Soups – tinned

Jam / marmalade

Marmite

Alcohol

Pet food

Unusual items – octopus, caviar, truffle oil

Formula milk

Baby food

Talcum powder

 

Please avoid

Fresh milk

Bleach

Opened items

Out-of-date items (although tins are normally OK up to 1 year)

Unlabeled food or any food packages that do not list ingredients

Items where the labels are not in English

Homemade items

Frozen food

Cracked jars

Part-used toiletries

Electrical goods

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