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Maldon: Knitter's upset over charity shop donation snub
3:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
An elderly woman was left upset after a charity shop was unable to sell her knitted children’s cardigans because they did not have washing instructions.
Annie Pritchard, 88, and her daughter Jennifer Woods donated the six items to the Farleigh Hospice shop at the Bentalls Shopping Centre, Heybridge, on Saturday.
But Mrs Woods, of Kings Road, Great Totham, said a shop assistant told them they could not be sold but could be used on teddies and dolls.
Farleigh Hospice retail manager, Jonathan Stokes, said the hospice feels it has a responsibility to customers to ensure they can properly care for clothes they buy from its shops, which is why it asks for washing instructions to be included.
He said to err on the side of caution and avoid disappointment to customers, its shops do not accept hand knitted clothing without labels.
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