Two Emmaus communities and an Emmaus group joined forces with 10 other charities to bring the hugely popular Charity Super.Mkt to the North of England for the first time.

Emmaus Mossley, Emmaus Salford, and Emmaus South Manchester set up shop at MediaCityUK in Salford alongside charities including Shelter, Together Trust, Marie Curie and Age UK to showcase and sell their best fashion items. 

A collaborative initiative spearheaded by designers and charity shop experts Wayne Hemingway and Maria Chedworth, Charity Super.Mkt launched earlier this year as a new concept in charity retail.  

Last weekend’s pop-up was part of the new We Invented the Weekend festival. The two-day event to celebrates creative and social enterprises across the North West with support from the BBC, University of Salford, Salford City Council and other local partners. It brought Charity Super.Mkt up North for the first time ever and proved a huge success. 

Emmaus companions, volunteers, staff and trustees helped ensure the smooth running of the event, which brought in almost £3,000 in sales across the weekend. 

Collaboration and community

Sharon Hall, Business Support Officer at Emmaus UK, said: “Both days were busy, with our first customer on the Saturday being Wayne Hemingway himself. He bought his wife an amazing vintage jacket. 

“Then on the Sunday, Reverend Kate Bottley was our first customer, purchasing a stunning sparkle top and long winter coat. Yes, even in the heat the coats were selling! 

“Charity Super.Mkt and We Invented the Weekend have not only brought together a diverse range of charity retailers under one umbrella but have also fostered a sense of collaboration and community in charity retail.” 

Emmaus UK will be working with Emmaus communities and groups from across the country to help them take part in future Charity Super.Mkt pop ups. To find out when and where, visit the Charity Super.Mkt website. 

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