How we deal with collecting shoeboxes
This is what an incoming van-load looks like; and yes, the drivers look tired, bent and worn out because it’s hard work. Every box has to be handled and for 7,000 shoe boxes that’s around 10 tons inwards and the same again outwards.
However, we can and will collect upon request but we shall need some choices of collection days and times in order to plan effective use of our staff and vehicles. Please try and have your shoe boxes ready for uplift as early as possible, preferably in the week commencing 30th October.
Please contact Chris from the collection team by phone (or text or e-mail) to make direct arrangements:
t: 07920 422 828; e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blythswood Care Own Van
Also, Blythswood Care have their own van which makes collections on fixed dates and at fixed locations around Scotland during the period of the whole Blythswood Care Shoe Box Appeal. It is still possible to make of this service if none of the other options are suitable but its dates and places are not a good fit with the Edinburgh sorting centre. It is collecting in Fife on 21st & 22nd November after the Edinburgh sorting centre has closed.
For Edinburgh and Midlothian the Blythswood van visits the Costco car park at Straiton. This should not be necessary for anyone in the Edinburgh area because (a) most people driving to Straiton go by Craigmillar Park and (b) shoe boxes handed in at Costco are brought to the CPC sorting centre. Typically, the van is only available for 20-30 minutes on 1 specific day, whereas the CPC sorting centre is open all day for a whole week or more. So plan on bringing your shoe boxes directly to CPC.