Here's how to replenish your wardrobe whilst supporting your local hospice

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Boutique manager Louise Harris

Believe it or not, one of the best ways to grab a designer bargain is simply by paying a visit to your local charity shop – they’re like a treasure trove.

This week local is Love Your Local Hospice week, a collaborative campaign with local hospices to raise awareness for specialist care. And by either going in a purchasing some second-hand designer goods or donating clothes that are hidden in the depths of your wardrobe, you can help pay for one hour of specialist nursing care.

As part of Love Your Local Hospice Week, Bournville Boutique shop – run by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice –  is offering a personal styling session to customers helping them to snap up a brand new outfit at just a fraction of high street prices. The complimentary shopping experience is being offered by the manager of Bournville Boutique Louise Harris, who has a wealth of experience with luxury brands including Dior and Louis Vuitton.

The ladies fashion boutique on Sycamore Road has a luxury look and feel to match the quality of the clothing and accessories on its shelves. Unlike other charity branches, shoppers will find higher-end names such as Joules, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Boden, Dune and Hobbs on the rails and a few designer labels at this specialist shop. All items are generously donated by members of the public to help raise vital funds for the local Hospice.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has 16 charity shops throughout the city including two ladies fashion boutiques. They are a vital source of fundraising for the local Hospice which needs £8m a year to provide free care and support for more than 1,200 individuals and their families, carers and loved ones. Over half of these running costs come from voluntary donations.

As part of the Love your Local Hospice campaign, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is appealing for good quality donations to help support their network of charity shops. So why not get involved by donating your unwanted clothes and accessories and give your wardrobe a much-needed pre-spring clean! 

To book a personal styling session with manager Louise Harris at the Bournville Boutique, either pop into the store or call 0121 472 6067. A list of all Birmingham St Mary’s Hospices shops can be found here