A designer clothes fair raised a record-breaking total for good causes.
The annual Good and New Clothes Sale, held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on Friday and Saturday, attracted hundreds of people keen to grab a few bargains.
This year it was linked to For Rutland In Rutland, which is the fundraising arm of the county’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Clothes sales alone brought in £45,000, which will be used to fund the Rutland wellbeing partnership advisor role.
More money was raised through ticket sales for Friday’s event and donations over the weekend. Tickets cost £15, which included a glass of champagne and canapes from Hambleton Hall.
Trish Ruddle, who set up For Rutland In Rutland to raise money for good causes in the county, was delighted with the total raised.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.
“We do think it was probably a record. We are thrilled to pieces.
“I’m really grateful for everyone’s support. It’s not just people from Rutland who come. One lady that came from Devon has been coming for 30 years.
“I had a message from her the day after. She things she got the best selection she has ever had.
“It’s been a huge success with an awful lot of help from people in the area. A lot of very kind people have supported us.”
Visitors were able to browse more than 70 rails of high quality and never worn clothes and accessories, including a designer room, children’s room, accessories room and non-designer area.
The sale previously raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, but this year organisers decided to help For Rutland In Rutland.
Mrs Ruddle thanked all those who helped organise the sale. There were some clothes left over, and these have been donated to the Loros hospice charity.
Next year’s event will take place on March 4 and 5.