STAFF at a Barnsley Hospice charity shop have warned the public of donating ‘out of hours’ after bags of items were left on the doorstep.

The charity shops reopened in May following a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the threat of the virus, measures were put in place to ensure that people could donate their unwanted things safely.

However, staff at the Penistone store were faced with multiple bags crowding the doorway - despite the shop not able to receive donations.

A spokesperson for the hospice said: “Although we appreciate donations, we do not welcome them outside of opening hours, especially at the moment.

“Not only is it fly tipping, which gets reported to the council, it's dangerous both from a health and safety and a Covid secure perspective.

“Please don't do this, it is most unwelcome.”

If you would like to donate to the hospice shops, you can do so at the Dodworth Donation Centre from 10am - 2pm, Monday - Friday.