M&S mannequins get a new role as opening of Hitchin’s pioneering charity shop draws nearer
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This isn’t just an everyday donation – it’s an M&S donation, and the team setting up a pioneering charity shop in Hitchin is delighted.
Staff from Marks & Spencer’s Hitchin store were on hand on Monday to welcome five mannequins donated by their colleagues from Cambridge to help staff at the new Dr Hadwen Trust store in Churchyard display clothes.
The handover also marked the unveiling of the shop sign, supplied by Bespoke Signs of Hitchin.
The charity’s fundraising coordinator Gerry Reilly said: “We are very grateful to Marks & Spencer in Cambridge. These mannequins cost £350 each so this is a particularly welcome and generous donation.”
“We are so pleased with our shop sign. The shop now feels like it’s ours.”
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The official opening of the DHT store – a vegan shop, which is a first for a national charity – will be carried out on Saturday, August 15, by Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan, the charity’s patron.
The DHT is crowdfunding to help pay to fit out the store. Pledges can be made by visiting www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-make-history.
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