The Empty Shop returns to Manchester Arndale

Published:  13 January, 2017

Award-winning campaign encourages Mancunians to donate second-hand clothing

Internationally acclaimed charity fashion initiative ‘The Empty Shop’ is returning to Manchester Arndale for the fourth consecutive year, looking to exceed last year’s total when nearly two tons of second-hand clothing was collected.

This year’s proceeds will go towards helping two Manchester-based charities: Mustard Tree, which works to help the city’s homeless and deprived, and a new charity partner for 2017, Goodstock by vInspired, which aims to encourage young people to volunteer their time to those less fortunate.

This year, the Empty Shop has also teamed up with ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ to help spread the word about the concept and the official celebrity ambassador for the project in 2017 is Manchester-born Rowetta, best known for her work with local band Happy Mondays.

The campaign will launch in the centre’s Exchange Court on Thursday 19 January and will run from 20 - 29 January. Members of the public, local businesses and retailers will be able to drop off garments at specially designed ‘empty wardrobes’ 12 retailers including Next, Luke, Simply Be, Dorothy Perkins and Burton.

Centre director David Allinson said; “The international recognition the Empty Shop has received in previous years is a testament to the people of Manchester and their generosity. Because of that ongoing support, it’s fantastic that in 2017 we’re able to support not just one but two Manchester-based charities.’’

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