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Charity shops’ turnover reached nearly £1 billion in past year

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity shops in the UK handled nearly £1 billion of turnover in 2011, a record amount, and an increase of 3.6% on the previous year.The research from the Charity Retail Association shows that more people are buying from charity shops, with nearly one million more people “from hard-pressed middle class groups are shopping in charity shops since June last year.”Choose Charity Shops campaign launchedHowever, many charity shops are struggling to meet the increased demand. National charities have combined to launch the ‘Choose Charity Shops’ campaign to get more donated goods through the doors of charity shops. The campaign runs throughout this week.It is supported by existing Charity Retail Association members including Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and Barnardo’s, together with hundreds of local hospices and smaller charities.The high demand is set to continue. According to the research, 22% of respondents said that they are shopping in charity shops more frequently now than two years ago, and 19% of existing customers said they would buy even more from charity shops in the next 12 months.However, charities are facing competition in how to dispose of unwanted clothes and goods. One in six people report they have started selling their unwanted clothes to make money instead of donating them. In addition, 15% of people who did not donate said it was because they could not afford to buy new clothing so are keeping things for longer.Unwanted clothing still not being donatedThe Charity Retail Association said that there are still millions of people with unwanted clothing and goods at home that could be converted into cash for charities. The survey found taht three quarters of people saying they have clothing in their wardrobe they no longer use, while the top three reasons people don’t donate is because they haven’t got round to it, haven’t had time or simply haven’t thought about it.Warren Alexander, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, said: “The unused and unwanted items in people’s homes are worth millions of pounds to charities, and we hope the ‘Choose Charity Shops’ campaign will act as a reminder to people that making a donation of unused clothing or goods to their local charity shop is a great way to help charity when you don’t have cash to give.”www.choosecharityshops.org Advertisement Tagged with: Charity Retail Association Research / statistics Trading Charity shops’ turnover reached nearly £1 billion in past year Howard Lake | 14 May 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

French journalists freed after being held hostage for 18 months

first_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Organisation June 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French journalists freed after being held hostage for 18 months RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Reporters Without Borders is overjoyed by the release of French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, and their three Afghan assistants, Reza, Hidar and Satar, who were abducted on 29 December 2009 in the northeastern province of Kapisa while doing a report for the French TV station France 3. (Press release to be issued shortly.)____________________Reporters Without Borders continues to press for the release of the only journalists currently held hostage anywhere in the world, French TV reporters Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, who were kidnapped exactly a year and a half ago in northeastern Afghanistan along with three Afghan employees.A Reporters Without Borders delegation consisting of secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, president Dominique Gerbaud and Afghanistan researcher Reza Moini visited Kabul from 20 to 25 June, meeting information and culture minister Makhdom Raheen, foreign minister Zalmai Rasoul, national security commission chairman Rangin Dadfar Spanta, French ambassador Bernard Bajolet and various journalists’ associations.“We are more optimistic now than before we left,” the delegation said today. “All the people we met in Kabul, both Afghan and French, were confident that this case is going to be resolved. We nonetheless continue to be very cautious. An imminent release has been forecast several times over these past 18 months without it ever materializing and we will definitely refrain from setting a date.“The families of the journalists’ Afghan assistants were in contact with the hostages about three months ago. One of the family members even travelled to the region where they are held hostage and received encouraging news. All this points in the right direction. The work must be maintained until their release. This is not the moment to let up. “We urge the French authorities, who are the only ones capable of obtaining the release of Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, to redouble their efforts. We hope that, after a year and a half in captivity, they are now entering their final period as hostages.”Reporters Without Borders is organizing a demonstration in support of the hostages in Igor Stravinski Square in Paris tomorrow, beginning at 2 pm. The press freedom organization will be there all day with a special display entitled “Life as hostage,” which will recreate the conditions in which the French journalists are probably being held.Ghesquière and Taponier, and their three Afghan assistants, Reza, Hidar and Satar, were abducted by a Taliban group in the northeastern province of Kapisa on 29 December 2009 while doing a report for the French TV station France 3.Freedom of expression is still fragile in Afghanistan. Despite undeniable progress, violence continues to be the leading threat to media freedom. The government is still struggling to establish its authority throughout the country because of the weakness of both the national security forces and the administrative apparatus.In accordance with Afghan journalists’ organizations, Reporters Without Borders urges the media, civil society, government and religious institutions to do everything possible to end the violence that is making it increasingly dangerous for Afghan and foreign journalists to operate.“Journalists are neither soldiers nor mercenaries,” the press freedom organization added. “They are media professionals who have the right to be protected.” Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific center_img to go further Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” March 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan Help by sharing this information News May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more