STAFF at SCOPE in March have resorted to wearing bin bags to encourage people to donate clothes to the charity shop.

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Mannequins have also been dressed in bin bags and a desperate plea for donations has been displayed in the shop window informing passing customers of their difficulties.

Louise Bryan, shop manager, said: “We are desperate for clothes donations and just needed to do something to get people’s attention.

“We had put posters up in the window but if I’m honest I would not take notice of them.

“At university we had nights where everyone had to dress in bin bags so I thought it was worth a try here.

“We are getting a few compliments from customers and hopefully the bags will start coming in.”

Scope is a UK disability charity that supports disabled people and their families in England and Wales.

The shop has been affected by the adverse weather, which has meant they have not received as many donations as hoped.

She said: “Normally clothes takings are OK after Christmas because people have a clear-out but the snow has meant people have not been putting bags out for our vans to collect and there is a double whammy with donations going down.

“We are desperate for help, which is what this campaign is all about.”

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