Sidmouth charity clothes swap bonanza

PUBLISHED: 14:56 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:28 17 June 2010

OVER £150 was raised for charity at a clothes swapping event in Sidmouth last week. Around 30 women attended the fundraiser, in aid of Breast Cancer UK, held at the Secret Wardrobe on Friday evening. The night was hailed as a success by the organisers-Dia

OVER £150 was raised for charity at a clothes swapping event in Sidmouth last week.

Around 30 women attended the fundraiser, in aid of Breast Cancer UK, held at the Secret Wardrobe on Friday evening.

The night was hailed as a success by the organisers-Diane Main, owner of Georgie Pies, and Samantha Nichol, owner of Secret Wardrobe.

Diane said: "It went really well and we were very happy with how much was raised on the night."

The idea of the event was for women to bring along clothes that they love but do not wear anymore and to swap them with other items people bring along.

Samantha said: "A lot of people did find things to swap with each other and everything left over was given to the Cancer Research UK shop."

Diane added: "People seemed to really enjoy it. Everyone mingled really well and there was a great response-it was a nice girlie evening."

Diane and Samantha thanked all of the businesses who donated raffle prizes: Bea, Flo & Us, Utopia, Margaret Denver Design, Bianca, Taste, Woolbrook News, Georgie Pies, Marine, Cancer Research UK shop and Grants Brasserie.

Also thanked were Maggie Baldwin, who baked a special cake for the event and Simon Turner, manager of Sidmouth's HSBC branch, and his wife who helped out on the evening and raised £40.

Samantha added: "HSBC said they would pay £10 to the charity for every hour a member of staff worked at the clothes swap. Simon could have sent anyone but volunteered himself- it was very kind and sweet of him."

After the success of the evening, Samantha and Diane are now considering holding another clothes swap fundraiser in the summer.

Samantha said: "I think we will try to do it on a bigger scale so there will be more clothes to swap and more people will come if it's in the summer.


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