Multi-award-winning, charity fashion initiative – The Empty Shop – is back for a fifth year at Manchester Arndale.
This year, the event takes place at the start of spring, encouraging local shoppers and businesses to declutter their wardrobes and clean out their closets for the new SS18 season. Local residents can take pre-loved and unwanted clothing to a drop-off point outside Next on the upper mall from 2 – 11 March.
After the 11 March, the clothing will be counted up, weighed and taken to the Goodstock by V•Inspired store on Oxford Road, where it will be sold to raise funds for two charities that directly help the city’s young people; V•Inspired and Centrepoint.
Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 homeless young people each year and works in Manchester supporting over 2,000 vulnerable young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. V•Inspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14 – 30 year olds, helping more than 37,000 young people every year to make their mark on causes that they care about whilst learning new skills for employability and personal development.
David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale, commented: “Each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of Manchester shoppers and businesses. The Mancunian spirit drives The Empty Shop and we’re thrilled to have watched the project exceed expectations year-on-year. In 2017 the initiative achieved a record-breaking 2.5 tonnes of clothing donations and we hope to smash that target in 2018.