Fife’s charity shops re-open on Monday with appeal for donations and volunteers
Charity shops along Kirkcaldy High Street and across Fife are preparing to open their doors on Monday morning.
They join all other non-essential retailers in returning to business as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Some have issued appeals for volunteers to help man the stores, while others are preparing to accept donations again after months of closure.
Barnardo's network of shops across are all back in business.
The charity has stores in Glenrothes, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Leven, St Andrews, Kirkcaldy, Cupar, and Cowdenbeath.
Barnardo’s Scotland will be taking donations - but stress that they must be delivered to the shops during opening hours and not left at the door.
It is also looking for volunteers.
Chest Heart Stroke, which has a store in the Lang Toun’s pedestrianised zone and one in Leven , is also seeking people to help out.
There are several opportunities available, from helping on the shop floor, with stock donations, and keeping the shop safe by managing socially distanced queues and informing customers of safety and hygiene measures.
The charity’s chain of 45 shops have been closed throughout the most recent lockdown resulting in a loss of over £400,000 of income.
The charity’s stores are vital in raising funds to help people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions across Scotland live their lives to the full.
Carole Edmonds, regional retail Manager, said: “We are delighted to be reopening our doors again and the team are really looking forward to welcoming back our customers.
“We’re desperately looking for volunteers to help keep the store running and we’re urging people in the local community to spare a few hours a week in the shop.
“They are vital in helping us run our shops and in raising funds.
The shop is accepting donations from Monday. - people are asked to call Kirkcaldy on (01592) 269305 or Leven on (01333) 425319 to arrange a drop-off time.”
British Heart Foundation shops are also opening.
The nation’s heart charity has outlets in Kirkcaldy, Cupar, St Andrews, Dunfermline and Glenrothes.
Fife’s stores are: 221 High Street, Kirkcaldy; Lyon House, Glenrothes; 51 Crossgate, Cupar; Bell Street, St Andrews, and High Street, Dunfermline.