Celebrities are urging ‘fashionistas’, ‘hoarders’ and ‘wear-it-once offenders’ to spring clean their wardrobes and donate any pre-loved or unworn clothes to Barnardo’s.
Barnardo’s newest ambassadors Rebekah Vardy, star of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ and Billie Faiers, star of ITVBe’s TOWIE and The Mummy Diaries, join BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts to encourage a giant clear out in aid of the UK’s leading children’s charity.
Before delving into their wardrobes on the hunt for items to donate, the celebrity trio took part in a special Barnardo’s quiz to find out what kind of personality they are when it comes to fashion.
They had fun learning whether they were ‘hoarders’, ‘fashionistas’ or ‘wear-it-once offenders’ and it reminded them how their pre-loved items can help to support the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
With Britons hoarding enough items of clothing to comfortably stretch to the moon if placed end to end, they are hoping people will follow their lead by taking the quiz and getting involved with the charity’s annual spring clean donation campaign.
Billie, who became a Barnardo’s ambassador last month and was identified as a ‘fashionista’ by her quiz answers, said:
I had a giggle taking the quiz and I think the result is spot on.
It’s a bit of fun but does make you think about whether some of those clothes you no longer wear could actually do some good by raising money for Barnardo’s services instead of taking up space in your wardrobe.”
Mum-of-five Rebekah, who alongside her husband Jamie have just been announced as the charity’s first family ambassadors, were also revealed as ‘fashionista’ personalties after taking the quiz.
The quiz was quick, easy and good fun to do and the result made me laugh, but at the same time, stand up and take notice.
It’s so easy to accumulate heaps of clothes over the years, particularly as your children grow out of them or fashions change. Sometimes things only get worn a few times before getting shoved to the back of the cupboard.
Having a good spring clean and donating any pre-loved items you have, not only gives you more space, but really does help vulnerable children.
Celebrity supporter Adele Roberts, was identified as a classic ‘hoarder’ by the quiz, said:
It’s the perfect time of year to have a sort out and what better way to make space in your home than to donate to Barnardo’s.
“very item you give, will help to raise the vital funds needed to keep the charity’s 1,000 UK wide services running, ensuring that children and young people get the support they desperately need.
Doing the quiz only took a few minutes and while it was fun and light-hearted, made me realise that I do have items languishing in my wardrobes that could do some good.
A study by Barnardo’s found Britons could be hoarding more than 640 million items of clothing that they no longer wear. With industry estimates suggesting clothing in charity shops retails at 15% of its original price, this amount of clothing could be worth more than £760 million.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:
So many people have items of clothes in their wardrobes which have rarely or never been worn and so are in really good condition.
Donating these pieces to Barnardo’s helps us to raise vital funds to keep delivering our services, which last year supported more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.
Having a spring clean really can help transform young lives for the better, so we’d encourage everyone to have a declutter.
To find out if you are a fashionista, ‘wear-it-once offender’ or hoarder take the quiz here: https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/5abba8c1a4f674001496483c