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Sorting it out . . . Gore Hospice Shop manager Sue Neiman, left, and volunteer Alma Normas process donations made to the Gore Hospice Shop during lockdown.

Charity shops in Gore are busier than ever in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.

People have been keen to lend a hand to the secondhand shops, which have experienced an influx of donations.

Gore Hospice Shop manager Sue Neiman said she was pleased with the donations they received.

”We are very busy,” Mrs Neiman said.

”A lot of people had a good clear out while they were at home.”

”A lot of people had a good clear out while they were at home.”

People had donated ”anything and everything” from clothes to kitchenware.

Reduced hours were another reason she thought they had been so busy.

”We’ve noticed this, being open less,” she said.

The new procedure when processing donations was to leave them aside for 72 hours to eliminate any risk of the virus being transmitted.

”It’s for the safety of my team.”

Currently 25 volunteers were back.

This team included many volunteers in the at-risk age bracket.

”We’re really happy to be back.”

The Salvation Army Gore captain Lydia Carpenter said their charity shop was also busy since it had opened under Alert Level 2.

”It’s a bit busier than before lockdown.”

”We have had a lot more stuff come in.”

More donations were also likely to be received at this time because the dairy industry’s Moving Day meant people were on the move, she said.