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Coronavirus Ireland: Charity shops may be closed, but lifeline offered online

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Response: Sara Henriques from Thriftify taking photos of garments donated to NCBI which are now being sold online after its 117 charity shops had to close

Response: Sara Henriques from Thriftify taking photos of garments donated to NCBI which are now being sold online after its 117 charity shops had to close

Response: Sara Henriques from Thriftify taking photos of garments donated to NCBI which are now being sold online after its 117 charity shops had to close

The charity sector has been badly hit by the latest lockdown but like so many businesses, it is looking at ways to keep income streams going.

National Council for the Blind Ireland (NCBI), Ireland's second largest charity retailer with 117 shops around the country, says its aim is to beat Covid-19 by looking from footfall to e-commerce.

The national sight loss organisation charity, which provides practical and emotional support to people who are blind or visually impaired, has shuttered all its stores resulting in major fall in income which directly funds its frontline services.