This year, the event takes place at the start of spring, encouraging local shoppers and businesses to declutter their wardrobes and clean out their closets for the new SS18 season. Manchester shoppers can take pre-loved and unwanted clothing to a drop-off point outside Next on the upper mall from 2 - 11 March.
What to do next...
1. Bag up your quality pre-loved clothes
2. Drop it off at the donation point on the upper mall near next
3. Each bag will help raise money for local charities
After the 11 March, the clothing will be counted up, weighed and taken to the Goodstock Shop on Oxford Road, where it will be sold to raise funds for two charities that directly help the city’s young people; vInspired and Centrepoint.
Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 homeless young people each year and works in Manchester directly as part of its outreach, and vInspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds, that helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
Each year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of Manchester residents and businesses. The Mancunian spirit drives The Empty Shop and we’re thrilled to have watched the project exceed expectations year-on-year. In 2017 the initiative achieved a record-breaking 2.5 tonnes of clothing donations and we hope to smash that target in 2018.David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale,
The project will be followed up by a high profile sale event in April, and we are hoping that local celebrities get behind the cause by donating special items that we can auction off to raise even more funds for our amazing charity partners.
Benedict Bowden from Centrepoint said: “We can’t wait to be part of this incredible initiative in 2018, having watched the success of the project in previous years. Manchester is a wonderful city and we cannot wait to see some of the items that will be donated and sold to raise money for the region’s young people.”
Timothy Charlton from vInspired, commented: “vInspired came on board as a charity partner in 2017 and we were thrilled with the response the project received. Manchester residents came out in force to support the initiative and donated generously, meaning we were able to raise all important funds for the charity’’
Donation point opening hours:
8am - 8pm Monday to Friday
9am - 7pm Saturday
11am - 5pm Sunday