The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) carried out a survey ahead of last week’s #givingtuesday, which took place on 28th November, to uncover some of the stranger items donated to charity shops during 2018. The results included:
o A full-size passport photo booth, donated to Sue Ryder.
o A Mercedes-Benz C180 Elegance, donated to a branch of Tenovus Cancer Care, in Southampton.
o An antique purse carved in the shape of a samurai, donated to the British Heart Foundation’s eBay shop. The rare purse sold for £1154 in an online auction.
o A stuffed adult bison, donated to Barnardo’s.
o A funeral urn, containing ashes, donated to a branch of Marie Curie.
o A live hand grenade, donated to a Sense charity shop. The shop was evacuated and the device “made safe” by the emergency services.
o The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, along with edible nipple tassels and a whip,donated to a branch of Mind.
o A Christmas dinner, donated to Dog’s Trust. A supporter didn’t want their sponsored dog missing out at Christmas, so sent a full Christmas dinner, in a jiffy bag.
o Hundreds of pairs of women’s tights, donated to an RSPB reserve. A warden requested 30 pairs to help stop a weed from invading the reserve’s ponds, but the charity was inundated after the local paper covered the story.
More unusual charity shop donations made during 2018 can be found on the Charity Times website.
A full size passport photo booth, donated to Sue Ryder.