‘The Empty Shop’ is an award-winning charity fashion event hosted by Manchester Arndale and it’s back for the FOURTH consecutive year. For those of you who are sat there thinking: “What’s the point of an empty shop” you’ll be pleasantly surprised…
This shop is all about making a difference. Members of the public, local businesses and retailers can drop off their quality garments in aid of local causes. There will be specially designed empty wardrobes conveniently located within 12 retailers, including Next, Luke, Simply Be, Dorothy Perkins and Burton. These donation points will be taking clothing donations from Friday 20th January to Sunday 29th January 2017.
Due to the overwhelming amount of charitable donations from previous years, this year The Empty Shop will be helping two Manchester-based charities: Mustard Tree, which works to help the city’s homeless and deprived and Goodstock by vInspired, which aims to encourage the youth of tomorrow to volunteer their time to those less fortunate.
The Empty Shop has also teamed up with ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ to help spread the word about the concept. Patron of the project Alan McGee, best known for co-founding Creation Records and managing the band Oasis and Founder Emma Rule said: “Musicians Against Homelessness are proud to be supporting The Empty Shop in 2017. With the number of people homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless escalating at an alarming rate; the essential services of Mustard Tree and Goodstock by vinspired are needed more than ever before. We are thrilled to support such great causes in a city that’s close to both of our hearts’’
The official celebrity ambassador for the project this year is Manchester born Rowetta Low, best known for her work with renowned local band Happy Mondays.
Rowetta said: “With many wardrobes fit to burst following the Christmas and Boxing Day sales, it’s a great time of year to think about those that are less fortunate. Mancunians are renowned for pulling together as a community to help each other and I’m really pleased to be involved in The Empty Shop. Together with Musicians Against Homelessness, I hope that we can help to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Mustard Tree and Goodstock by vInspired.”
Over the last three years, 23,325 items of clothing have been donated. In 2014 and 2015, The Empty Shop won a BCSC Golden Apple Award, BCSC Purple Apple Award and ICSC Community Foundation award. Plus it was shortlisted for The Albert Sussman International Community Support Award in 2016. Phew! Impressive work ey.
So if you’ve got some clothes that are still in good quality but you don’t wear anymore or clothes that you received as a present which just aren’t your style? Then head down to Manchester Arndale and donate your clothing for those who don’t have the luxury of spare clothes or unwanted presents.