Bedford’s Emmaus homeless charity will open again for donations next week

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Bedford Borough’s Emmaus Village in Carlton says it will start taking donations again from next week, after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, the charity launched an emergency appeal for support after they were forced them to close their popular shop and bistro, which is a major source of their income.

Read: Homeless charity appeals for help as coronavirus hits revenue

Now, while the Home Store and Bistro remain temporarily closed, they are beginning to take donations again from next week (27 May).

A spokesperson for the charity said: “In preparation for getting the go-ahead to reopen our Home Store in the not too distant future, people can drop off donations by appointment.”

To make a donation appointment, you can call the charity on 01234 720826 any day from 10.30am – 4pm.

Appointments are available Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm, in 15 minute slots.

“Our site remains closed to visitors without an appointment,” added the spokesperson. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work to protect each other during these unprecedented times.

“Please be reassured that our new system allows for all newly-donated items to be left for 72 hours before being sorted ready for the Home Store.

“We have also suspended our eBay shop. Unfortunately we’re unable to offer a collection service for donated items at the moment.”

More information about the donation appointments and what the charity can and can’t accept can be found at their website.

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