A MALTON charity shop is appealing for urgent donations to help replenish diminished stock.

The Mind store, in Wheelgate, relies on local generosity for more than 95 per cent of donations with every bag donated having a cash equivalent of £20 once it has been converted to saleable stock.

Andrew Vale, managing director of Mind shops, said winter was a particularly busy time for their stores, however, there were concerns that a lack of donations could limit the charity’s opportunity to raise funds.

“Winter is a great time for the Malton Mind shop as customers are keen for low price, good quality, seasonal items and so business booms,” he said.

“However, this year stock is especially low, possibly as in the post-recession environment people are holding on to old items rather than donating them.”

Andrew said that by donating and shopping at Mind stores, local people were helping to support the one-in-four people in the UK who would experience mental stress at this year.

“We therefore urge people to dig out any cold weather clothes, accessories or bric-a-brac items they can spare and drop them off to the Malton Mind store.”