“We’re always very grateful for support but if we have to throw things away and pay to get them removed, it obviously creates a problem and can become counter-productive” – fly-tipping is an ongoing problem at two EACH shops

A charity has been forced to erect temporary fencing in a bid to combat fly-tipping at one of its shops. EACH has taken the drastic measure behind its premises in North Street, Sudbury.

Fridges, mattresses, furniture, sofas and rolls of carpet have been dumped and, on several occasions, the charity has had to pay for them to be removed. There have been similar issues at the rear of the EACH shop in North Road, Clacton.

Emma Manning, EACH area manager for the south of the region, described fly-tipping as an “ongoing problem” at both sites since last summer.

She said: “We’re genuinely grateful for donations and wouldn’t be able to run our shops to help local families without support from the community. The money we raise helps us continue our vital work caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. However, there’s a distinct difference between dropping off good, sellable items during opening hours and leaving things on our doorstep under the cover of night. It’s demoralising for our staff and volunteers and means they have to take precious time out of their day sorting the mess before their working day has even begun.”

A banner has been attached to the rear of the Sudbury shop, politely asking people to drop donations during opening hours. However, EACH has now had to take more extreme measures by erecting temporary fencing because the issue has persisted.

“It ends up costing money because we have to pay to get it removed,” added Emma. “My message would be to please drop off donations while our shops are open. We’re always very grateful for support but if we have to throw things away and pay to get them removed, it obviously creates a problem and can become counter-productive.”

EACH does not own the land at the rear of its Clacton shop. However, the charity has paid for items to be removed as a goodwill gesture to the local community and following complaints from local residents.

“It’s distressing and frustrating for them to have it on their doorstep,” said Emma. “One resident took video phone footage of items being dumped in the middle of the night. They literally just kicked stuff out the back of their van. It’s really disappointing and also unfair on our staff and volunteers, the latter of whom freely give up their time to help. It’s soul-destroying for them to come in and be confronted by a mountain of junk.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

 

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