Christmas praise for charity retail

The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Roseanna Cunningham has highlighted the benefits of using charity shops this Christmas.

The Charity Retail Association’s Chief Executive, Robin Osterley and Public Affairs Officer, Rachel Blair met with the Environment Secretary last week to present the benefits of the Good Cause Santa Claus campaign.

Secret Santa is a popular game amongst families, friends and work colleagues in which participants randomly assign another member of the group to buy an anonymous gift for. Good Cause Santa Claus involves the same challenge but gifts are to be purchased only in charity shops. Now in its second year, support for the initiative is being gathered by the organisation to reach out to festive shoppers.

In Scotland, the Charity Retail Association represents 85 percent of charity shops ranging from national chains, to individual hospice shops, and everything in between.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Charity shops play a vital role in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill every year, and keeping manufactured products in circulation for as long as possible. This Christmas we’re reminding everyone that, as consumers, they have the power to contribute to a circular economy by buying gifts at charity shops, or by reusing goods and materials, in order to help protect the environment and deliver social and economic benefits to Scotland’s communities.”

Rachel Blair, Public Affairs and Communications Officer for the Charity Retail Association in Scotland said:

“It’s fantastic to have Scottish Government support for using charity shops this Christmas. We know there are great environmental benefits to purchasing in charity shops – each shop diverts an average of 29 tonnes of textiles from landfill every year.

“We are asking teams of colleagues, friends and families to think about how they can give back this Christmas by helping their community and the environment. Products from charity shops are affordable and unique – perfect for Secret Santa.”



  • For further help, please contact our Public Affairs and Communications Officer (Scotland), Rachel Blair on 07565 314 099 or email
  • Be a #GoodCauseSantaClaus this Christmas and buy your Secret Santa gift in your local charity shop. Search here to find your nearest shop:
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  • The Charity Retail Association (CRA) is the only body in the UK which represents the interests of charity retailers. We represent around 85 per cent of all charity stores in Scotland. Our members range from national chains, to individual hospice shops, and everything in between.