False teeth, dog poo and size 9 kinky boots among items donated

Sue Sumner.
Sue Sumner.

A size nine pair of kinky boots, dog poo and knitted underwear are just some of the bizarre donated items that staff and volunteers at Lindsey Lodge Hospice shops have been unwilling to display in their windows.

The charity on Burringham Road is fortunate in the public donating 11,000 bags every single week and without this support it wouldn’t be able to raise £160,000 from selling tonnes of clothes, bric-a-brac, books and toys in its North Lincolnshire shops.

The service which cares for people with life-limiting illnesses appreciates donations however there are some which are simply strange including used underwear, kinky Ann Summer outfits, tea cup including a teabag, a pressure cooker complete with mouldy vegetables and even false teeth!

Sue Sumner, retail and trading manager form Lindsey Lodge Hospice, said: “While quality clothing, books, and accessories are very much our ‘bread and butter’ we also get some very unusual items.

“Some are wonderful and very valuable, while some others simply make the mind boggle. When donating goods it always worth thinking if the items are something that another person may find useful and want to purchase.

“We have a thorough behind the scenes system to ensure that when items go out to the shop floor they are clean and almost brand-new looking. We steam and clean clothing and check pockets to ensure northing is in them that shouldn’t be.

“We are always looking for donations especially good quality and vintage clothing to ensure top-quality care is continually given to local people with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

On the opposite end of the scale, some donated items are of value such as a Gucci handbag, Lock & Co bowler hat, Myott teapot and a Wedgewood coffee service. These are sold online to reach a higher audience and make more money for the hospice.

You can visit Lindsey Lodge Hospice shops across North Lincolnshire on Ashby High Street, Barton upon Humber, Brigg, Epworth, Goole and Laneham Street and The Parishes in Scunthorpe.

Items are also sold on the Lindsey Loge Hospice online shop Click here