Mind announces record breaking retail sales post lockdown

Mind’s portfolio of 160 shops raised £1.5m in the first month of reopening following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Last month saw the highest ever monthly retail total in the mental health charity’s history.

“This record-breaking month is testament to the tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers and staff, as well as our generous donors and customers,” said Mind Retail managing director Andrew Vale.

“Raising £1.5million in a month is incredible, and much-needed, to make up for the losses incurred by forced shop closures throughout the pandemic.”

In announcing the record-breaking sales Mind is calling for volunteers to support its retail operation.

It also points out that the record sales boost comes as it is predicting a £13m loss in retail generated income amid the pandemic and months of closure.

“Our wonderful staff and volunteers are doing incredible things – but they could do so much more with extra hands and donations. Due to the challenges of the pandemic, many volunteers have been unable to return – leaving shops struggling to cope,” added Vale.

Mind’s announcement is the latest report from charities of strong sales since their High Street stores were allowed to open from April.

This also included Sense, which said the day of its reopening broke its one day sales record.

The charity recorded what it calls an “incredible” 85% increase on its previous one day sales record, also set during the pandemic, in December last year.

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