Tonia Antoniazzi MP visited a parliamentary drop-in on Wednesday to show their support for the UK’s charity shops. Charity shops have soared in popularity in recent years as shoppers look to get the best value for their money and move towards making more sustainable fashion choices.
Charity shops are key figures on high streets across the country and alongside their environmental benefits in promoting reuse, savings hundreds of thousands of tonnes of clothing from being disposed of each year, they also support their local communities by attracting footfall to nearby businesses and acting as a social hub for people looking to learn new skills, meet others and build confidence.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said:
"Charity shops are the pillars of our high streets across Gower so I wanted to say thank you to the Charity Retail Association for the opportunity to meet this week. In the last year, UK charity shops did their bit to promote sustainable fashion by diverting 339 000 tonnes of clothes from landfill and they should be applauded for their phenomenal work."
Robin Osterley, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, said:
“Charity shops have shown their resilience in the huge challenges they’ve faced over the past few years and are now continuing to thrive and attract new customers. The importance of the role charity shops play in society cannot be understated – they occupy a prominent and exceptional place in the retail landscape and it’s exciting to see the sector adapting to meet the needs of their customers; from opening new superstores to embracing social media trends.
“Charity shops offer a completely unique shopping experience which couldn’t happen without the effort and dedication of the thousands of volunteers and staff who work every day to raise money for good causes and give their time to make their charity shops a success.”
Find out more about charity shops and your nearest stores at www.charitytretail.org.uk.