EACH is resorting to dressing shop mannequins in nothing but donated bags – as a prompt to get the community giving their unwanted clothing.
The charity has some 27 shops around the region, and has begun clothing the life-like figures in the store windows in the unusual attire, with the hope that more people will be reminded to donate items.
Relaunching its Bag It, Bring It, Boost It appeal, the organisation said last year its donation drive saw 1,000-plus bags given across the region.
EACH wants individuals, families, community groups, schools and businesses to bag up their unwanted items. They can be brought to an EACH shop or, if there are a vast number, collected by the good cause.
Funds raised from the sale of donated items will give EACH a boost, helping it continue providing care for over 360 children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and support for more than 450 family members.
The charity has three hospices, at Milton in Cambridgeshire, Quidenham in Norfolk and The Treehouse in Ipswich, and also takes its specialist service to family homes.
Bag It, Bring It, Boost It has already been supported this year by Ipswich Town, with the football club’s Callum Connolly and Dominic Iorfa dropping off bags at EACH’s shop in Ipswich.
Ian Nicolson, EACH Head of Retail & Trading, said: “Donations are massively important to our success. We’re particularly keen to receive the following clean and good-quality goods: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items.”
For more information about Bag It, Bring It, Boost It and to find out where your nearest EACH shop is visit www.each.org.uk/support-us/support-our-shops. Groups, schools and businesses can arrange bag collections by:
- In Cambridgeshire and West Essex, calling 01223 204916 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- In Norfolk, calling 01953 666767 or emailing email@example.com
- In Suffolk and East Essex, calling 01473 917965 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org