One-of-a-kind items posted to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) during lockdown clear outs helped to raise nearly £70,000 in five months, the charity revealed this week.
Items sent to the BHF via its freepost donation service include jewellery, World War Two memorabilia, designer clothing, electric guitars, phones, cameras and gaming consoles.
The BHF said the increase in unique items is partly due to people clearing out their belongings during lockdowns.
Donations were sold on the BHF’s eBay store and the charity is now encouraging more people to send in their unwanted items through its Declutter Challenge this month.
Allison Swaine-Hughes, retail director at the BHF said: “We’ve been thrilled to receive such a vast array of high-value and collectable items from vintage Lego sets, Sigma camera lenses, to Vivienne Westwood shirts and a collection of Hornby Dublo tin trains, via our freepost donation service.
“Our team of experts at eBay are trained in recognising the true value of donations so everything auctioned on the site goes for the absolute best price.”
As part of the Declutter Challenge, the BHF said it is particularly keen to receive winter wear ahead of the colder weather.
BHF has the largest charity shops network in the country and was significantly impacted by the lockdown closures last year, recording a net loss of over £40m for the financial year to March 2021.