Ms Carrell’s London-based firm, which provides nannies, experienced a 150% surge in demand for its services when schools first closed last year. “Lockdown has been incredibly tough, and we’ve seen it really affect mental health of parents as it’s been relentless for them,” she says.
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.