Having read the letter regarding charity donations, I felt compelled to respond.
Visiting many towns in South Holland I feel a charity shop is far more preferable than an empty shop which are becoming far more prevalent in these times.
I have also seen many charity shop doorways with donations in them and every shop I have seen had a sign saying they were closed due to COVID and not to leave donations.
The letter names a charity shop in Spalding which would have no control over the donations being left.
Another point raised in the letter about being “furloughed at the taxpayers’ expense” which every non-essential shop was ordered to do so.
As far as I know the “dodgy looking characters” shelter in the doorway of an adjacent building which is empty. Perhaps a charity shop taking over the empty building may alleviate the issues he has with “dodgy looking characters”?
I would like to finish by saying to name one charity store is very unfair on the volunteers who give up their time free to raise money for good causes.
I will continue to buy in charity shops and support the valuable need we have of them in these times.