8 May 2015
Celebrities are rallying around to support our Nepal Shop Drop – raising vital money for those affected by the earthquake, just by donating unwanted clothes.
Since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal last month, the generous British public have raised £3 million through the British Red Cross’ Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Now people can boost urgent funds by dropping off clothes and goods to one of our 330 charity shops across the UK – and many famous names are doing just that.
James McAvoy: ‘More money is needed’
Public figures on Twitter have been backing our #ShopDrop and asking supporters to get involved – including actor Simon Pegg, singer Conor Maynard and presenter Laura Whitmore.
Actor James McAvoy said: “Many of us here in the UK, including myself, have been moved by the images of devastation coming from Nepal. The people there have had their lives, homes and livelihoods torn apart.
“More money is needed to help families and communities to get through the next few weeks and months, recovering and rebuilding their lives.”
Victoria Wood: clothes raise cash
Actor and comedian Victoria Wood has also pledged to clear out her wardrobe. After all, a single carrier bag has an average value of £25: enough for 11 blankets, nine mosquito nets or three tarpaulins.
Wood said: “I’ve been a fictional Red Cross shop worker myself in the film Housewife 49. I played Nella Last, a real life Red Cross volunteer who ran a shop in wartime – so I know how valuable these donations have been for more than 70 years.”
She added: “This week is Red Cross Week, so let's make it really count. Please dig out any unwanted stuff and drop it at your local shop. With your help, we can tackle the crisis in Nepal."
Red Cross Week
Red Cross Week is an annual event in May when people raise life-saving money for all the work we do: from helping overseas communities recover from disasters to providing wheelchairs here in the UK.