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For Rutland’s Good and New clothes sale will kick-start 10th anniversary year

A fundraising group is preparing for its biggest money-making event as it reaches a milestone year.

For Rutland will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer.

Its fundraising pays for two non-medical advisers at Citizens Advice Rutland who help people in need access financial support.

Sisters Elizah and Tilly Reynolds look for a bargain
Sisters Elizah and Tilly Reynolds look for a bargain

Much of the £80,000 cost comes from the annual Good and New clothing sale which is held at Rutland Showground in March. Last year’s sale raised £44,000.

Vice chairman of For Rutland, Trish Ruddle, said: “Since our launch in June 2014, the advisers have obtained more than £9 million in grants, debt write-off and benefit funding for people of all ages in our community who are living with long-term health conditions.

“This is an extraordinary amount and so important at a time when they most need it.”

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The Good and New sale offers shoppers the chance to buy good quality, secondhand clothes at a fraction of their original cost. This year’s preview event takes place on Friday, March 22 from 5-8pm. Tickets cost £25 which includes champagne and canapes from Hambleton Hall.

The main sale runs from 8.30am until 1pm on Saturday, March 23. Admission is £5 on the door and all items will be reduced to half price. New for this year will be a coffee shop with cakes donated by Cakehead in Oakham.

The sale includes more than 70 rails of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Donations of new or good quality clothing can be delivered to Costa Coffee in Uppingham or John Porter Dry Cleaning in Oakham. Volunteers also offer a collection service by contacting Elizabeth Mills on 07710 873811 or emailing info@forrutland.org.uk

Tickets for the preview evening are also available from info@forrutland.org

Trish added: “We are determined to continue with this wonderful tradition in Rutland and to fulfil our strapline of improving lives in our community.”

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