Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

How can we help you?

We've put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Weldmar and the services we offer.

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Dorchester Outlet

Shopping at our Dorchester Outlet charity shop has never been easier and is always a unique experience, where you will find something different on every visit. With our beautifully laid out departments you will find something for every room in the house and you may even find that special gift for a friend.
In our outlet you will not only find furniture for each room of your house, but you will also find clothes to kit out the whole family, books, bric-a-brac, games, puzzles, linens… the list is endless!

Making a donation:

Only donate what you can comfortably carry.

All of our shops have to stop accepting donations once their stock room is full each day, so if you are making a special journey to donate, please call ahead to check that we are still accepting donations that day.

Please do not leave any donations outside our charity shops, as we won’t be able to use them.

Weldmar Hospicecare also has an Online Charity Shop, so you can find even more bargains on eBay.

Common Questions

When can I drop off items that I want to donate?

Whilst we are extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity when considering us for your donation of items, it is really important that you only drop goods off to us during our opening hours. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any donation that has been left outside, and it costs us time and money to dispose of them.

Dropping off your items during opening hours also ensures that we can add Gift Aid your items (if you are eligible), meaning we can claim an extra 25% of their sale value! If you are unsure about whether we can take particular items, or we have space to accept them (sometimes we can’t if our stockroom is full), please do call ahead and we will be happy to help.

If I want to find out about volunteering in a Weldmar charity shop, who do I ask for?

charity shop volunteerGreat! Thank you for considering sparing your time to help us.

Volunteers are vital in our shops to enable us to keep Weldmar’s services going.

Please pop into the Weldmar Hospicecare shop or outlet that you would like to volunteer at, and ask to speak to the manager or deputy manager.

Alternatively, you can get fill out our Volunteer Expression of Interest form at a convenient time.

Do you collect/deliver donations from your outlet on the Marabout in Dorchester?

We collect items of furniture from DT1/DT2/Dt6/DT7/DT8. We will come out and look at your items for sell, and if they are in good, clean, sellable condition with the correct fire labels on soft furnishings we will take the items away that day. This is down to the drivers discretion if we take the items.

We deliver items of furniture that are bought in our outlet to customers homes, a small charge is made for this service payable when you buy your furniture.

Where are the nearest places to park for your Dorchester Outlet at the Marabout?

We have 6 customer spaces outside the front of our Dorchester Outlet at the Marabout. However, if these are full we have overflow parking around the back of the building. If you are facing up the hill, take a left at the post box, left again and follow the road round to the back of the building.

What items can I not donate?

The whole area of recycling has changed for all Charities. We can no longer dispose of any broken, damaged or unsaleable items. We no longer have anywhere to recycle these goods and, in fact, have to PAY to have them taken away. We are, therefore, having to be more restrictive on what donations we can accept.

This list should help identify items we cannot accept. If in doubt please ask the Store Manager or one of our sales staff.

  • Broken or Chipped China & Glassware
  • Broken or Incomplete Toys / Games
  • Soiled or Damaged Linens / Curtains
  • Soiled or Damaged Clothing
  • Standalone Computers / Monitors
  • Electric Blankets
  • All Crash Helmets
  • Restrictions on certain Safety Items
  • All Videos and Pirate or Personal DVDs / CDs 


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