Great spring clean helps charity

Country Casuals donate clothes to the St Nicholas Hospice.     Left to right - Barbara Self (sales consultant at CC), Louise Lovelace (manager of CC), Sarah Bilal, (manager of the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop) and Marion Ogden (hospice shop volunteer).

Country Casuals donate clothes to the St Nicholas Hospice. Left to right - Barbara Self (sales consultant at CC), Louise Lovelace (manager of CC), Sarah Bilal, (manager of the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop) and Marion Ogden (hospice shop volunteer).

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A HUNT through those good clothes that sat at the back of the wardrobe but may have had lost their charm is helping a charity and also recycling.

Country Casuals, in Bury St Edmunds, asked its customers to donate good quality clothing in return for a 10 per cent discount voucher on new purchases.

And those unwanted items are getting a new lease of life back on the retail circuit at the St Nicholas Hospice Care shop a few hundred yards away in St John’s Street and also raising money for the work of the hospice.

Louise Lovelace, manager at Country Casuals, in Abbeygate Street, said: “We thought holding an old for new event would be a really great idea and that we could do a good deed at the same time.

“The event encouraged people to clear out their wardrobes and they embraced the idea. I should think we have two long rails worth of clothes to donate.

“I think we will do this again in the future.”

The charity has to raise £11,000 each day from donations and runs several charity shops in West Suffolk and Thetford.