South Shields charity shop boss calls on litter louts to clean up their act

YMCA manager Sue Glossop-Freebody with rubbish dumped at the back of the store
YMCA manager Sue Glossop-Freebody with rubbish dumped at the back of the store

A TOWN centre charity shop manager is urging litter louts not to dump rubbish at the rear of her premises.

Sue Glossop-Freebody regularly has to clear away unwanted goods left at the back of the YMCA outlet in Ocean Road.

It’s unclear whether they are being left with good intent as items to be sold in the shop or if they are being dumped by fly-tippers.

Recently, Sue was confronted by a large wicker shelf unit with all its shelves broken, rotten blankets and even the branches of a tree.

Sue said: “We get a lot of broken stuff left which we can’t use, and it makes a real mess.

“We get a lot of rags in plastic bags too. We don’t use them, and we have a ragman we give that stuff to.

“I wish people wouldn’t just dump unwanted stuff at the back door.

“Another problem we face is people rifling through our bins.

“There’s nothing in there that they could possibly want and, in addition to anything else, these people could be putting themselves in danger of injury.”

The shop about to undergo a rebranding as part of an image change for YMCA charity outlets nationwide.

Donations of good-quality clothes, books, bric-a-brac and furniture – to be handed in at the shop, not left outside – are always welcome. To oblige, pop in or call it on 456 4381.