Working for People with Sight Loss

As all non-essential retail remains shut – NCBI andThriftify join forces to bring safe sustainable charity shopping to your door

NCBI & Thritify partnership

Friday 22nd Jan 2021, Ireland’s second-largest charity retailer, NCBI, has announced the re-launch of its online fashion sales during this lockdown period.

NCBI has partnered with online shopping enterprise Thriftify to provide a virtual shopping experience. Using the Thriftify platform, NCBI will upload hundreds of its top pieces daily, allowing you to browse the latest deals and gems, safely, from the comfort of your home.

NCBI, which provides much needed practical and emotional support to people who are blind or visually impaired, has almost 120 charity shops across Ireland. These shops are now temporarily closed but customers can still support our work by shopping on

Beverley Scallan, NCBI Head of Retail said “As retailers we are always seeking to innovate and improve how we do things. With the temporary closure of our shops, we’ve had to act fast to find a way of maintaining a connection with our customers and develop alternative ways to raise funds for our services. We were one of the first charities to begin working with Thriftify, initially selling books and other small items so it’s great to now be able to sell our fashion as well. While it’s still only a small percentage of what’s available in our stores, we want to let people know that they can still support our work and get a bargain at the same time.”

The solution used by NCBI is a web-based platform designed specifically for the charity retail sector with all profits reinvested to improve the platform.

Rónán Ó Dálaigh, CEO Thriftify said: “In response to yet another lockdown and the closure of charity shops, we are thrilled to be partnering with NCBI once again.   Thrififty is here enabling those all-important online sales to help raise vital funds for charities through this trying time.”

The current operation, based in the NCBI’s warehouse in Naas, is following all government guidelines regarding social distancing. All of the items have been steam-cleaned and many are brand new.





For press queries and further information please call Katie Drea Communications Executive, 00353 876612287 or [email protected]

For queries regarding Thriftify, please contact Rónán Ó Dálaigh –CEO, Thriftify

0851632732 or [email protected]

More information about:


NCBI is the national sight loss organisation, working for people with sight loss.

We provide practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services and other training designed to help people with sight loss to live independently and confidently.

Services Offered:


  • Emotional support and counselling for people struggling to come to terms with sight loss.
  • Rehabilitation training, including independent living skills and mobility training, which may include using a long cane. Loss of independence is the biggest issue facing people – NCBI gives back independence and builds confidence.
  • Advice and information.
  • Low vision solutions, such as magnifiers and other aids, to help people to read standard print.
  • Assistive technology advice and training to either magnify or read aloud what is on screen.
  • Library – large-print and audio books – giving back the joy of reading.
  • Employment advice.

As a charity NCBI must raise €3 million annually just to keep operating at current levels that equates to €4 out of every €10 we spend on vital services.



Thriftify is a start-up social enterprise based in Dublin. The company has developed technology that enables charity shops to value their donations and sell them online. Using algorithms developed by the company thriftify is able to ascertain the value of any barcoded donation and automatically advise the charity shop user whether or not to sell the item online or in-store, depending on its value. The platform then lists the item for sale on where it is sold in over 120 countries and on various different e-commerce websites such as eBay and Amazon.

Some of the enterprises impact to date:

  • Has enabled charity shops in Ireland to value over 750,000 donations, generating tens of thousands in additional revenues.
  • Is being used by NCBI, Oxfam, Sue Ryder, Dublin Simon Community and the Irish Cancer Society with ambitions to grow into the UK.

The start-up has won the backing of Enterprise Ireland and other start-up accelerator programmes based on the quality of its digital commerce solutions and problem-solving capabilities for its target customers.