Bury St Edmunds: Clothes swap is organised to raise cash for St Nicholas Hospice Care

A CLOTHES swap has been organised by a business to turn �50 into as much money as possible for charity this summer.

As part of St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Accumulator Challenge The Coffee House in Lawson Place, Bury St Edmunds, is holding a clothes swap on July 30 from 7pm to 10pm.

It is the first event planned by the coffee shop for the Bury hospice’s fundraiser.

The 52 teams taking part in the challenge are fighting it out to raise the most and be named top team when it finishes in September.

Jess Darnell, of The Coffee House, said: “We need clothes - Whether you have unwanted clothes in your wardrobe, have lost lots of weight or are short of cash and on a tiny budget, the clothes swap is for you. Just bring your clothes and your own beverages and get yourself some new garments.”

She added that shoes and accessories are also welcome, but dustbin-worthy items are not. Tickets, costing �10 each, are available from The Coffee House.

Arco, of Easlea Road, Bury, is organising several events in aid of the challenge. The first is a car wash outside the store in return for donations, a special store-wide discount of 20.12% and a barbecue on July 28.

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Glasswells, of Newmarket Road, is asking its customers to support two raffles.

In the Jubilee raffle one lucky winner will pay 1952 prices for items in store. The winning ticket-holder will pay �16.17 and receive �400 – the equivalent in today’s money – to spend in the store at their leisure. Tickets cost �2 each.

The charity raffle has three prizes on offer: a Kipling bag worth �119.99, three Skylite suitcases worth �194 and a king-size goose feather quilt worth �180. Players can pay �1 and select one of the three prize draws, or �2 to enter for all three prizes.

The team at Ashton KCJ solicitors, of Kempson Way, Bury, is producing a recipe book to sell to staff, has dedicated a page on the firm’s website to the challenge where supporters can advertise in return for donations and is planning a dress down day and a raffle.

Meanwhile, a rounders tournament organised by Baker Tilly raised more than �1,600 thanks to the 13 teams competing and a grand raffle, with prizes including a trip to Paris on Eurostar.

Abi Ryding, a supervisor at Baker Tilly, said she was “really pleased” with how the event went.

Abby Mayes, corporate fundraiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care, said: “Barely a day goes by that I do not hear about more imaginative fundraising schemes from the companies taking part in the Accumulator Challenge.”

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