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Our volunteers stage charity shops takeover

13 October 2017

Around 250 employees in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have volunteered to take part in the sixth annual BT Shop for Change event on 19 October.

They’ll take over 25 shops operated by the Irish Cancer Society and Marie Curie. And they’ll compete to fill the stores with high-quality stock, attract customers and drive sales, raising funds to provide care and support for people living with cancer.

Over the past five years our BT Shop for Change volunteers have raised €500,000 for the two charities.

Charity shop takover in Ireland

Mark Hopkins, BT Ireland Sales Director says: “BT Shop for Change gives our employees the chance to work in local communities and help raise vital funds. By donating your pre-loved clothes and accessories, and picking up a bargain at your local store, you can help us deliver real change for people suffering from cancer.”

And Paul Murnaghan, Sector Government Sales Manager says: “We’re working hard to have a positive impact on local communities across Northern Ireland. And we’re delighted to see such a sizeable increase in the number of volunteers rallying behind the initiative this year.”

We’ve also enlisted the support of fashion stylist and BT Shop for Change ambassador Irene O’Brien, who’ll be sharing tips for shopping on the day on Twitter: @btinireland #BTShopforChange.

Irene says: “It’s such a buzz trawling the rails and finding things you wouldn’t come across anywhere else. And getting them for super prices.

“If you can’t make it to the store on the day, you can still get involved. Clear out your wardrobe, identify those items you’re no longer wearing and donate them.”

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