Bargain hunters are snapping up designer threads at discount prices during a Richmond charity sale today.
Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Gucci are just some of the brands that label lovers can get their mitts on at the Home-Star Richmond fundraiser at Richmond Athletic Ground.
Home-Start Richmond Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator Angie Ahmed, 51, said: “People have been incredibly generous with their donations.”
Part of the wider Home-Start UK charity, the flagship Richmond branch was set up in 1995.
It provides support to families with children under the age of five who may be facing recent bereavement, relationship difficulties, ill health, financial troubles or come from single parent backgrounds.
Ms Ahmed said that the feedback received from families in their evaluations has been fantastic.
She said: “It just brightens up your day when a family says ‘Home-Start saved my life or having my volunteer come on Monday was just the highlight of my week’.”
In celebration of the charity’s 20th anniversary, they aim to raise £20,000 by the end of the year – so far they’ve banked £3,000.
Today’s charity designer clothes sale is the third event and has been nine months in the planning.
Previous sales in Barnes and Kew raised £2400 and £2200 respectively, and organisers today are hoping to do even better.
— Home-Start Richmond (@HStartRichmond) April 23, 2015
The money raised will go towards training courses for new volunteers working specifically with families affected by mental health issues.
Mum-of-four Louise Dyson, 42, and charity volunteer from Putney praised the training the charity provides.
She said: “The volunteers are able to give a lot back to those families and keep them on an even keel.”
Future events have been scheduled for May and June with a charity ball to be held in August and carol service in December.
To find out more about Home-Start and their work visit www.homestart-richmond.org.uk