Unwanted frocks could help charity

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RESIDENTS from across Bognor Regis can help spread some fashionable cheer by donating a frock this Christmas.

The town’s Mind charity shop has issued a plea for local residents to donate their party dress of 2011, or years gone by, to help them meet the high demand this party season.

Store manager Julie Gilbert said: “Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate – be it the office party, Christmas day with family or New Year’s Eve with friends. Every year we welcome shoppers keen to find a reasonably-priced party frock to add festive sparkle, that doesn’t cost the earth, to these occasions. This year is no exception.

“To help us meet this exceptionally-high demand, we’re asking residents to drop in and make a donation. We need your help to make someone else’s Christmas extra special this year, and raise vital funds for the one in four people who experience mental health problems every year.”

The shop relies on local generosity for more than 95 per cent of product donations, and every bag dropped off has a cash equivalent of £20 once converted to saleable stock and so all donations can make a real financial difference.

All proceeds will go to helping fund Mind’s critical work providing information, advice and support to ensure no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.