16% drop in donations

LOUTH and Westmeath had the lowest fall in clothes bank donations to Enable Ireland, according to the charity’s 2010 annual report.

LOUTH and Westmeath had the lowest fall in clothes bank donations to Enable Ireland, according to the charity’s 2010 annual report.

A regional breakdown of textile donations to Enable Ireland reveals that Louth and Westmeath had the lowest percentage decrease at 16 per cent.

The charity, which maintains vital services for people with disabilities, has partly blamed commercial operators for a 30% fall in clothes bank donations this year.

Clare had the highest decrease at 50%. Enable Ireland is urging people to do a post-Christmas clear out and donate unwanted goods to its shops.

Clothes bank donations generate over 60% of stock donated to the not-for-profit organisation. The charity’s report shows that retail accounted for e1m of the e3.2m generated through retail and fundraising activities during the year.

A minimum of e170,000 is required each month from retail and fundraising activities just to maintain services, according to Enable Ireland.

Enable Ireland’s retail operations manager, Ann Kelly, said the organisation had almost doubled the number of clothes banks from 100 to 180 in recent years.

Enable Ireland recommends getting one of their drivers to call to their door to collect donations instead of leaving them outside to avoid having bogus collectors take it. For more tips on how to recognise a genuine charity check out www.enableireland.ie.