The Empty Shop 2017: Fun and philanthropy

In its fourth year running, The Empty Shop is making record-breaking achievements for charities within Manchester.

Working in partnership with Mustard Tree and Goodstock vInspired, The Empty Shop sells pre-loved garments to new owners.

Exactly 100% of the sales funds made from the Goodstock shop fund the youth volunteering charity, vInspired. The social action project offers 30,000 opportunities every year.

Mustard Tree works within Greater Manchester to transform the lives of those affected by poverty and homelessness.

Donating pre-loved clothing has never felt so rewarding.

This year, The Empty Shop teamed up with X Factor star Rowetta and the Musicians Against Homelessness initiative to raise the profile and encourage donations to the cause.

The launch at the Arndale Centre, which took place on 19 January, saw the likes of Rowetta and singer songwriter and First Dates star, Jsky, attend.

On her role as ambassador, Rowetta said, “I’m in awe of the work that Mustard Tree does in our community. It’s also fantastic to see a second charity on board for 2017. Goodstock by vInspired is an incredible initiative as it encourages the youth of tomorrow to volunteer their time within their local community and give back.

“I really hope that the people of Manchester can dig deep and donate to The Empty Shop and I’ll be encouraging my colleagues and friends to do the same”.

Jsky said: “The Empty Shop is a fantastic initiative. To be back here again after hosting the event for the past three years is very humbling. I’m happy to do everything that I can for such a great cause”.

As well as a personal donation from Rowetta, The Empty Shop received donations from retailers and businesses.The launch night alone saw nearly £80,000 worth of brand new clothing donated by local retailers.

To get involved and donate, you can find the donation points throughout the Arndale centre. Next, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Accessorize, Evans, Jacamo, Jack&Jones, Lipsy, New Look, Quiz and Simply Be are all participating retailers.

The donation points will be making collections of preloved clothing items until Sunday 29 January.

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Photo Credit: Purple Riot

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