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Blythswood shuts its charity shop doors due to the coronavirus – but keeps Highland Foodbank in Inverness running

By Scott Maclennan

Blythswood chairty is to close its shops but not its food bank.
Blythswood chairty is to close its shops but not its food bank.

The Blythswood charity has announced that all its charity shops will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus but its Glebe Street food bank in Inverness will continue operating.

The shops closed their doors last weekend but confirmation that they would remain closed to the public for the wellbeing of staff, volunteers and customers came this morning.

The charity which has worked very hard to support those on Universal Credit in recent years noted a sharp drop-off in donations and issued a call for more through its website.

A spokesman for the charity said: “These shops have made a vital contribution to Blythswood’s work, raising funds and serving as collection points for food and donated goods.

“God-willing we hope that they will do so again in a few months’ time.Meanwhile, we thank our customers, volunteers and staff for their understanding.

“Highland Foodbank remains open at our Inverness Glebe Street centre from where distribution to the areas covered by the rural food banks will be managed.

“We will do everything we can to maintain this service to the wider community as we anticipate an increase in demand. Last week as food donations declined, we bought food for this purpose.”

Link to the charity’s donation’s page is here or you can call them direct on 01349 830777.

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