Lytham St Anne’s is densely populated with charity shops such as the British Heart Foundation and Oxfam, allowing locals to kindly donate their ’preloved’ belongings and raise money for charity. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic all charity shops were forced to close and halt sales until the government’s further notice. This includes accepting donations, which is understandable as receiving clothes and items from the public can massively increase the potential spread of the virus.
It has been reported that some locals, desperate to do a bit of spring cleaning and clear out their wardrobes and kids’ toy boxes, have attempted to continue to donate items by dumping them on the doorstep of the British Heart Foundation.
This has tremendously cluttered up the St Annes highstreet and it is suspected that no one knows what to do with the piles of clothing and items that have been abandoned. Handling mounds of clothing that is potentially unwashed is extremely unhygienic especially during a pandemic.
Locals can be seen to comment on the littering on the beach, the green, and the sand dunes regularly. However, no one has commented on the mounds of unwanted objects piling up in the street.