Cocktails, clothes and charity: ‘what more could you want on a Tuesday night?’

Warehouse staff sell second-hand to raise money for charity. From left: Claire Barker, Holly Creane and Jade Butcher. Photo: Natalie Littlewood

Nightlife and fashion merged in Lincoln last Tuesday, November 2nd, as a clothes sale took place at Kind bar.

The event was hosted by the Lincoln branches of high street label Warehouse, as part of their brand-wide fundraising campaign for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Employees at the branches within House of Fraser and Debenhams have been organising the event for around a month. They said that the idea was sparked initially by the vintage mini-markets that have been held in Kind bar in recent months.

The stock on sale was gathered through donations from staff at Warehouse, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Hermione Cooper, a manager at Warehouse, said the team was told to “ask your friends, ask you parents, ask whoever you know!”

The girls succeeded in gathering all sorts of pieces, including jewellery, scarves, skirts, and dresses.

The event was the first of its kind that the Warehouse staff have organised. They said that they wanted to do something “a little bit different” from the fashion shows and themed nights that they usually arrange.

One of the organisers, Jade Butcher, said: “I think this was the best idea we’ve had… It’s been a bit of a hit, if I may say so myself.”

The sale opened at 8pm, and within 20 minutes they had raised £100. Ellie Ransom, a Warehouse employee, said: “We got a rush straight away and it was amazing. We’ve had a really good turn out.”

After being open for just over an hour, Ellie announced that they had made “over £300”, which she said was “really good, considering that all the products are under £10.”

The sale was continued on into the night and the girls had high hopes for it to get even busier as the bar filled up.

“You’ve got bands downstairs, half price drinks, and girls can come and buy some clothes upstairs… what more could you want on a Tuesday night?” Jade asks.

Warehouse has been supproting Breakthrough Breast Cancer since 1997. The ongoing partnership has raised over £500,000 so far.

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