A CHARITY shop fears a new council recycling scheme could see donations of clothing dry up.

Maldon District Council is starting door-to-door textile collections for residents.

But volunteers and staff at Burnham’s Helen Rollason Cancer Charity shop are worried that could lead to a decline in clothes being donated to the charity.

Manager Avril Kent said: “We are always grateful to our loyal residents for donating their clothing to us, raising vital funds for our charity.

“However, if people stop giving us their textiles and instead give to Maldon District Council, we may lose out on income.

“In this tough economic time everything has value so why not donate your unwanted items to us so that they can be re-used and turned into money to help us continue enabling quality of life while living with cancer?”

She also appealed for more volunteers to come forward.

She said: “We are always on the lookout for new volunteers to help out in our two shops on the High Street, from customer service, filing up shelves with new items and donation sorting – there is a role for everybody.”

For more details, call in at the shop or call 01621 786699 or visit the charity’s website at helenrollason.org.uk.