Your clothes can save lives
2:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Latest News
THE average person in the South West owns four items of clothing that they’ve never worn, complete with tags, and a further nine that they’ve only worn once.
Those are the findings of a survey of British Heart Foundation shops, which this week are launching their Great British Bag-athon in an appeal for donations of unwanted items.
The charity estimate an individual’s unworn clothes are worth £131.
Seventeen per cent of people said they have purchased an item of clothing in a size too small as inspiration to lose weight. Other reasons for not wearing the items include that they are unflattering or an unwanted gift.
All these items are needed by the British Heart Foundation to help it raise money to fund research.
Items can be dropped into its shops in towns including Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge.
Sue Frances, who has been store manager at the Devizes shop for five years, said: “We get things that are still completely brand new with their price tags on quite frequently, I would say several times a week.
“You get a lot of things that people have bought in sales and when they get home they decide it’s a bit of an impulse buy that has gone wrong.
“We are very lucky here – we get such a lot of donations and nice donations as well. I’d like to say a thank you from me to the local people.”
Debbie Cheeseman is the area manager for British Heart Foundation shops in Wiltshire and said: “We’d like everyone in Wiltshire to set aside some time to clear out their wardrobe.”
Visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon for more information or pop into a local shop.
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