Designer gems get a new life at recycling charity boutique

Anita Heskett-Saddington at the Fiscus Recycle Boutique in Stockton Road with some of the designer clothes that have been recently donated.

Anita Heskett-Saddington at the Fiscus Recycle Boutique in Stockton Road with some of the designer clothes that have been recently donated.

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KILOS of clothes will add up to pounds in sales for a charity shop, thanks to a massive donation.

Bags of dresses, coats and shoes weighing more than 44 kilos – seven stones – were handed in to Fiscus Recycle Boutique in Sunderland.

The haul of designer treasures were gifted by city businessman Les Allen and belonged to his late wife, Jean.

Among the vintage classics are a pair of blue Christian Dior high heels, snakeskin court shoes and a full-length fur coat.

Fiscus chief executive Anita Heskett-Saddington said staff were delighted with the donation, which is now on sale at the store in Stockton Road, and will raise funds for good causes.

She said: “We would like to extend our very grateful thanks to Mr Allen who, now retired, is a very well known and respected businessman in the city.

“Mr Allen explained to us that he wanted to donate the items in memory of his late wife Jean, as he feels that Fiscus is different from the other charity shops.

“We now weigh all donations to enable us to keep a record of the amount of items we rescue from landfill each year.”

Recycle Boutique opened in September and is run with the help of volunteers.

It is backed by Gentoo Living, which works with Fiscus to support tenants and offers advice including money MoTs, support for people starting their own business or looking for work, welfare benefits and debt advice.

Recycle Boutique needs donations, which can taken along to the shop or collected.

To find out more, tel. 565 7605.

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