Half of people surveyed in Northern Ireland wear just 50% of the clothes hanging in their wardrobe on a regular basis, it’s been revealed.
Indeed, fewer than twenty five per cent (24%) wear just a quarter of their wardrobe regularly, while one in 10 have 11 or more items hanging up they have simply never even worn.
But it’s good news for charity shops, according to a survey commissioned by BT to launch BT Shop for Change, which revealed that 53% de-clutter their home or wardrobe at least twice a year.
It was also revealed that an impressive 77% give their unwanted clothes and other items to charity shops, with 90% claiming a clear out makes them feel either good or brilliant.
And charity shops certainly proved popular, with 64% confirming shop in them because they ‘love a bargain’ and more than a third (36%) love to find amazing pieces in charity shops they can’t find anywhere else.
And now you can shop to help a good cause, with BT Shop for Change set to perform a one day takeover of Marie Curie shops in Northern Ireland, being launched by the leading communications provider to raise crucial funds to provide care and support for local people living with terminal illnesses.
BT is now in its fifth year of raising funds for Marie Curie in Northern Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society in the Republic of Ireland and has raised in excess of £260,000 for the charities to date.
Rory Best, Ireland captain and BT Shop for Change ambassador said: “Unfortunately, many of us know loved ones that have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Marie Curie treats local people affected by terminal illness and provides generous support to their friends and family.
“We’ve all got clothes that sit unworn year after year or unwanted items lying about the house that others could enjoy. BT Shop for Change is the perfect excuse to gather everything up and donate it to Marie Curie who can sell it to raise vital funds for the work that they do and I am proud to be an ambassador for this initiative.”
More than 100 volunteers from BT will help to run eleven Marie Curie shops across Northern Ireland on Thursday October, 13 and for every £20 raised Marie Curie can provide one hour of nursing care to local people in need. Simultaneously, BT colleagues in the Republic of Ireland will be taking over Irish Cancer Society shops.
BT Shop for Change will take place on Thursday October, 13 and the Marie Curie shops participating in the challenge are:
7. Lisburn Road
9. Belmont Road
10. Cregagh Road