Dozens of shoppers bagged a fantastic bargain at a popular annual clothes sale on Saturday - and the organisers bagged a fantastic £40,000 for charity.
The annual Good and Nearly New Clothes Sale took place at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on Saturday and proved as popular as ever with people flocking to bag a bargain.
The previous day, there was a preview evening, for people to get a first glimpse at the clothes on offer and enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapes provided by Hambleton Hall.
In the past the event has been mainly aimed at women but for the last three years, there has also been a men’s clothing sale, which also proved popular.
And all the funds raised went to For Rutland in Rutland, a fundraising group which generates income for Rutland Citizens Advice.
Elizabeth Mills, from For Rutland in Rutland, said that funds from the sale were still being counted but it was expected to be in the region of £40,000. She said the sale was the group’s biggest event of the year and that the group needed to raise more than £56,000 a year for the Citizens Advice service, for which there is a growing need. It goes towards an advisor offering free, confidential and impartial advice to local people affected by long-term health conditions, such as cancer, dementia and strokes.
Elizabeth said: “The event went very well although we were slightly down on previous years.
“Of course nothing would be achieved without the wonderful support of our fantastic volunteers who do a sterling job. It really is a charity within a charity and it is very well supported.”
In particular she thanked Barnsdale Lodge for hosting the event and the volunteers who sort through the mountain of clothes and store them for the event.
And any clothes not sold on the day did not go to waste. A team from Loros hospice collected the clothes to sell in local charity shops and of course, the hospice cares for patients from Rutland and Leicestershire so it will still benefit local people.