New swap-shop at hospital

UNWANTED frocks, spare tops, last year's ties and shoes the wrong size - adult clothes and accessories of all shapes and sizes are welcome at a swap shop in Ipswich Hospital.

UNWANTED frocks, spare tops, last year's ties and shoes the wrong size - adult clothes and accessories of all shapes and sizes are welcome at a swap shop in Ipswich Hospital.

Maxillofacial nurse specialist Allison Weston and receptionist Alison Hines are organising the clothes and accessories swapping event to raise money for the hospital's cancer charities.

Ms Weston said: “People are invited to bring good quality clothes, on hangers where possible, and accessories and shoes which they do not want, and swap them for something else.

“We are talking about all those things people say are at the back of their wardrobe but they've never worn, impulse buys, clothing that no longer fits, shoes that were never the right size and unwanted Christmas presents.


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“We are just asking everyone to pay a �2 entrance fee and if people want to come along but have nothing to swap, they can pay a minimum donation of �1 per item for anything they'd like.”

As well as clothes and accessories the two women are also looking for long mirrors, clothing rails and dressing screens to have on loan, and donations of raffle prizes.

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The swap shop idea originates from a television show called the Frock Exchange hosted by former supermodel Twiggy.

The Ipswich Hospital version is on Saturday, February 28, in the Main Lecture Theatre at the hospital's Postgraduate Centre, from 11am to 4pm.

For more information e-mail allison.weston@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or alison.hines@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk, or call 01473 703200.

Are you holding an event for charity? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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