PEOPLE in Hillingdon helped raise £50,000 for Harlington Hospice, which provides care for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Over the past four years, the community has donated thousands of items to the Waste Weekend charity shop in West Drayton, which is run on behalf of the council by Powerday waste management and recycling. 

The charity shop first opened in January 2020 and has since become a haven for residents to donate household items that can be sold at resale, rather than thrown away.

Staffed by volunteers from the Powerday team, the shop is open every weekend with a wide range of items, from golf clubs and bicycles to toys and pianos.

On Saturday (20) the Mayor of Hillingdon presented a cheque for £50,000 to the hospice.

Wendy Whyte, from its community fund-raising team, said: “The incredible support we’ve received from the charity shop over last four years means so much to our hospice.

“We believe everybody in our community should be able to access the care and support they need, to be able to live each of their days in their own way to the fullest.”

John Mckenna, from Powerday, who runs the Waste Weekend, added: “We try at all costs to recycle as much waste as possible, ensuring we divert everything from landfill.

“Waste Weekends give people a chance to recycle items they no longer need and find a bargain or two.”