Apprentices from Western Power Distribution will be helping to boost supplies of donations to St. Margaret’s Hospice shops across Somerset.

The week-long volunteering project will see 35 apprentices from the company delivering more than 10,000 charity collection bags to homes in Taunton and Bridgwater on Monday 14 May and Tuesday 15 May.

Residents are asked to put good quality donations of clothes, accessories, books, toys, CDs, DVDs or bric-a-brac in their donation bag, which the Western Power Distribution teams will collect on the appointed day.

A group of apprentices will also be helping to create new racking and storage systems at the hospice’s distribution centre.

St. Margaret’s Hospice, which last year cared for 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses across Somerset, needs to raise over £9.5m each year to deliver its care. With almost a third of the hospice’s income coming from its 33 charity shops around the county, a constant supply of good quality donations is vital.

Susan Kerber, Retail Administration Manager at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “We are so grateful that Western Power Distribution has chosen to support our charity for their community project. Their work will be an enormous help to our retail team.

“We really hope that residents in areas where bag collections are happening will take this opportunity to have a spring clean and donate anything that they can spare. Even a small bag of donations can make a big difference, raising valuable funds to help us care for people in your local community who are affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

Anyone who does not receive a donation bag through their door this time is very welcome to drop off any donations at their local St. Margaret’s Hospice shop.

Furniture collections can be arranged by calling 01823 353781. You can find your nearest St. Margaret’s Hospice shop by visiting www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/store-locator.