Tuesday 30 January 2018

Rags to Riches Appeal

Hayley Gall crop

We're asking you to bring in your old clothes and shoes – even if they are worn or damaged. Launching our ‘Rags to Riches’ Appeal, we're spreading the word that we can raise vital funds from any fabric or footwear.

Our Boutique charity shop on Castle Street in Hinckley is able to stock the quality items, but we can also make use of clothes and shoes which aren’t sellable, passing them to a recycling company who buy in bulk - also raising money for Emmaus.

It’s all about getting the word out there that Emmaus really can make the most of anything you might usually throw away, especially old clothing and footwear. We’re already known in the area as a charity that collects and resells unwanted furniture; now we want people to know we can raise funds from other things too.

Last year, Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland were able to generate over £9,000 through bagging up old clothes and shoes for recycling.

Our companion Kate Taylor said:

I love the fact that nothing goes to waste here. When someone comes in with a bag of clothes, we make the most of everything in it. We save warm clothing and regularly head out onto the streets of Leicester to give it out to those sleeping rough. We also sort through each bag to see what can be sold in the shop and what can be bagged up for recycling. Whichever route each item takes, it is helping Emmaus to support the homeless in some way."

Anyone interested in donating clothing or footwear can drop off their donations at one of our three charity shops: The Emporium, Stockwell Head, Hinckley; La Boutique, 47 Castle Street, Hinckley or the Emmaus shop, 18 Market Place, Melton Mowbray. 

Thanks so much for your support.