9 February 2010
© InfoA Red Cross shop in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire has launched a new range of eye-catching recycled clothes and accessories to raise funds for the Red Cross.
Imaginative volunteers customise old, damaged or otherwise unsellable items with other materials donated to the shop - transforming them into unique creations for re-sale.
The shop is also hoping to get local colleges and schools involved in creating 'cool' vibrant clothes. This will give young fashion-minded students a chance to see their recycled creations being sold - and hopefully increase the number of younger people coming into the shop.
Volunteer Lauren Shields came up with the idea for the range. She said: “The recycled clothes and accessories has been a great success with handbags, ties, jewellery, scarves and jackets flying off the shelves. We work really hard to make beautiful garments out of old and tatty items that would otherwise be left unsold."
Kevin Morgan, retail manager, added: “I'm delighted the new range is doing so well. Lauren has worked really hard at creating really unique and eye-catchingclothes and accessories from stock we wouldn’t have otherwise have been able to sell.
"This is a fantastic way of recycling old clothes, with every penny going towards the Red Cross and helping people in crisis."
Every penny counts
From Friday 22 January to Saturday 27 February (inclusive), you can donate unwanted goods to your local British Red Cross shop, with all money raised from the sales going directly to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
Red Cross charity shops rely on donations from members of the public in order to help vulnerable people in crisis in the UK and overseas. Clothing, discarded gifts, home ware, books and DVDs can all be converted into income for the Red Cross. Our shops also accept second-hand textiles, such as linen or curtains.
Find out more about volunteering opportunities with our shops