Mill Road’s Charity Shops

Post-lockdown re-opening

We are delighted to see Mill Road’s charity shops re-opening, though, sadly, one (Cats Protection) has closed permanently, Here’s what we can find, so far, arranged in order, from the city end of Mill Road towards Brookfields.

Contact Details

We have given a telephone contact Nº for each shop and, where possible an email address. We will update this post with any changes of which we are notified, but it’s worth checking ahead for any changes, and particularly if you’re offering large donations of pre-loved items.


Please check when and if your favourite charity shop can take donations. Try emailing or phoning beforehand, if in doubt.

Never leave intended donations outside of charity shops out-of-hours. When the shop re-opens the items may have become soiled, rain-soaked or may have been partly stolen with the unwanted items strewn all around. Not only does this give the shop’s volunteer staff additional work, you could find yourself fined for fly-tipping.

Books for Amnesty Cambridge

4 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 2AD T: 01223 362496

We are delighted to be open again and it has been wonderful to see so many customers returning to our Mill Road bookshop.

Opening days and times may vary for the foreseeable future while we work to get fully up and running again and we will keep them updated on this page. If you are making a special journey to the shop, please ring ahead to check that we are definitely open.

Our opening hours have now been updated to:

Monday:          Closed
Tuesday:         11am – 5.00pm
Wednesday:    11am – 5.00pm
Thursday:        11am – 5.00pm
Friday:             11am – 5.00pm
Saturday:         11am – 5.00pm
Sunday:            Closed

In order to enable physical distancing, we can only admit a few customers to the shop at any one time, and a physically distanced queuing system will be in place outside the shop.

If you wish to make a donation that is larger than one person can carry to the shop in one trip, please call the shop (01223 362496) or contact us by email before you set off. We must ensure that we have sufficient space to accept your donation and to arrange a time to be able to do so. 

For everyone’s safety, all donations will be quarantined. Please also note that we are now no longer able to accept donations of the following items: DVDs/Blu Ray discs, CDs, and vinyl records. As always, please do not leave donations outside the shop.

See you soon!

Books for Amnesty Cambridge, dated 03 Aug 2020, 10:46am

Wood Green, The Animals Charity – Cambridge Shop

41 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 2AW T: 01223 300755

Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm


Donations are being accepted, but if in doubt – and especially for larger donations phone the shop (01223 300755) or email the Shop Manager, Layla Hess .

Sally Ann’s – the Salvation Army charity shop

5 Tenison Road Cambridge CB1 2DG T: 01223 316161

Hurrah!  Our lovely Sally Ann’s shop has reopened. Both parts have been reorganised to introduce  a one-way system and facilitate social distancing. Hand sanitiser is readily available. It is wonderful to see the team again and, as before, to  look for treasures.

Caro Wilson, local resident

Sally Ann’s is the Salvation Army charity shop, located in our recently refurbished premises next door to our Church in Tenison Road.

It’s purpose is primarily for fund raising, supporting our Community Centre which is located close by at 104 Mill Road.

It is open six days a week, shutting at lunch time on a Saturday.

Please note that following closure due to COVID19, we are pleased to announce that we are be re-opening our Shop on Monday 3rd August at 1pm with reduced hours and for a period, we will not be open on Saturday.

Contact us at

Salvation Army, Cambridge
Opening Times

Monday: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 4pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 4pm
Friday: 10:00am – 1pm
Saturday: Closed Presently


Sally Ann’s may be able to accept a couple of modestly-sized bags per donor in the mornings, but probably not after midday. If in doubt, telephone 01223 316161 or email to check when Sally Ann’s can accept your donations. This is essential for larger items.

Cats Protection Charity Shop – permanently closed

172 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3LP

Our charity shop on Mill Road is now permanently closed.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has donated, shopped, and volunteered in the shop through the decades of serving the Mill Road community, raising funds for the cats of Cambridge.

The activities of Cambridge Cats Protection remain unchanged, please view the other pages on our web site for more information.

Romsey Mill Charity Shop

176 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3LP 07768 307674

Our charity shop raises vital funds for Romsey Mill.  It is located at 176 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP and thrives with the help of committed and friendly volunteers.

As well as supporting Romsey Mill, the shop provides low cost clothing, toys, books and lots of other household items.  

The shop is currently open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

We welcome donations, but currently can only accept them on certain days. Please ring first (07768 307674) or email Liz Diamond, especially if your donation is large as we have limited storage.

We have vacancies for more volunteers to join our team, if you are interested in meeting new people, gaining retail experience and supporting Romsey Mill, please get in touch with the Shop Manager on 07768 307674.  Or pop in to the shop and pick up a volunteer application.

Romsey Mill
August opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: Some*
Sunday: Closed

*Liz Diamond informs us that the shop will be opening some Saturdays in September.


Donations are being taken only on Tuesdays 9-12 and Thursdays 9-12.

Ring for enquiries of amounts larger than three bin bags or medium-sized boxes.

Nothing must be left outside the shop when we are closed.

RSPCA Secondhand and Antiquarian Books

188 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3LP T: 01223 212 644

Please shop with us and raise funds to help local animals. Our target is to achieve a monthly profit of £1,000 at each of our shops, which will safeguard the future of the services which we provide in the Cambridge area.

We have an enormous stock of quality fiction and non-fiction: novels, poetry, literature, crime, sci-fi, plays, art, audio-books, aviation, natural history, DIY, biography, business, children’s, curio and collectable, economics, esoteric, history, sport, new-age, health and fitness, humour, languages, linguistics, film and theatre, music, self-help, theology, psychology, computing, textbooks, craft, cookery, science, current affairs, philosophy, politics, sociology, topography, travel… New items go out daily, so keep coming in.

We also stock secondhand music records, CDs, DVDs and videos.

RSPCA, Cambridge
Opening Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am- 4pm
Wednesday: 10am- 4pm
Thursday: 10am- 4pm
Friday: 10am- 4pm
Saturday: 10am- 6pm
Sunday: 11am- 6pm


It is advisable to phone ahead if you are bringing donations (01223 212 644) or email Ffiona

Arthur Rank Hospice charity shop

222 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3NF T: 01223 214253

The Arthur Rank Hospice charity shops play a vital role in raising funds and awareness of the Charity. Our Mill Road Cambridge shop is ready to deliver to you a bargain or two!

Nestled in Mill Road Shops our charity shop is filled to the brim with good quality clothing, books, toys and bric-a-brac, as well as our very own Arthur Rank Hospice Charity merchandise.

Love shopping whilst helping us raise the vital funds necessary to continue our excellent standard of end of life care and support in Cambridgeshire.

Arthur Rank Hospice
Opening Hours*

Monday: 10:00am – 4:00pm Shopping and donation drop-off
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm Shopping only, no donation drop-off
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm* Shopping only, no donation drop-off
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm Shopping and donation drop-off
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm Shopping and donation drop-off

* Notes: The A-board outside reads “Friday Closed” but a representative of Arthur Rank Hospice, informed us of the arrangements, shown above, on Saturday 8th August.
The shop may be closed for a short lunch-break, dependent upon staffing.

The Children’s Society charity shop

258 – 260 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3NF T: 01223 411884

Opening times

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-4pm Shopping only
Wednesday: 10am-4pm Shopping only
Thursday: 10am-4pm Shopping only
Friday: 10am-4pm Shopping and donation drop-off
Saturday: 10am-4pm Shopping only

Our shop hours can change. Donations can only be accepted on Fridays. If in doubt phone ahead. T: 01223 411884

The Children’s Society

The Edge Café Community Fridge & Larder

Brookfields Campus 351 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3DF T:01223 212 478

Not quite a charity shop, but Waste Not Want Not! The Edge café’s Community Fridge saves food from landfill.

The café is open Mondays to Saturdays 10am – 3pm, the community fridge Mondays to Saturdays 11am – 1pm, Monday to Friday.

And here’s a top tip from The Edge’s Shofiq: a close-to-expiry-date salad can make a great meal for your pet!

If you would like to check ahead, email Sarah Dickinson, Café Manager, or phone 01223 212 478.

The Edge Café, in common with a number of other cafés and restaurants, offered half-price meals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August, through the government Eat Out to Help Out scheme. But they’re brilliant value at full price, too!


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Judy Brunton
Judy Brunton
19 August 2020 18:38

This is an extremely useful post. Thank you