Highland Hospice urges residents not to leave donations outside its shops in Inverness and the rest of the region after a number of recent incidents where they were ruined and had to be binned
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A Highland charity is urging residents not to leave donations outside its shops to avoid them being ruined.
Highland Hospice, which has a number of shops across the region, has made a plea via social media.
In a statement a spokesman said: "We are devastated to see that many of our recent donations have been ruined from being left outside of our shops.
"We kindly ask that all who generously donate items to us do so in person, not leaving the items outside of our shops overnight or when we are closed.
"Leaving donations outside has meant that all of the contents get ruined by rain, torn apart by birds, and left for anyone to take.
"Our lovely shop staff spend time trying to recover items but sadly as we receive lots of clothes and books, most often they have to be binned.
"Unfortunately this isn't a rare occurrence. We truly appreciate every single item donated to us and hate to see them go to waste."